We all desire to see some positive changes in our lives. Naturally we are wired to embrace something new, better or improved. A change in our finances, for instance from four digits to five digits. A change in our performances from a credit to diction. A change in the quality of leadership in the organization, community and country. Politicians always promise change in their campaigns to power. But the million dollar question is, are you a change maker? Do you seat on the fence just waiting to see change.
Everything is changing from the natural environment to technological advancement. People’s behaviors are changing. What was moral and immoral yesterday is something totally different. When all this changes are taking place are you part of the drivers or passengers in making a change. I know you would like to be a change maker of your own life, family, community, country, continent and the world at large. Those who have done so in the past had among others the following characteristics.
1. Creativity -They don’t see the world as it is, but as it can and could be. They used the power of imagination. They saw things that were not there as if they were there and brought them in the physical ream. Imagine what was in the mind of Henry Ford when he came up with the first car.
2. Take action -They don’t wish for things to be different; they make things different. They don’t stand at distance watching they folded their sleeves and got involved in working out the challenges.
3. Possibility thinkers -They focus more on the possible solutions rather the meditating on the problem and its effects. They change things. They move the world forward. They make progress happen. There are ten possible solutions to every problem according to Robert Schuller. I believe he is right.
4. Challenge the norm by doing something extraordinary. The difference is that extra effort, devotion and thinking. Someone said it’s quite unfortunate that only 5% of the people in the world think, 15% think that they think the rest don’t think at all .Which group are you in? Warren Buffet when asked of his hobbies responded without a bling of the eye “thinking and reading”. Currently he is the third richest person in the world.
When the majority of people all over the world are reading history a few others are making and writing history for those coming after them to read. Generations after generation have been taught of the law of gravity discovered by Isaac Newton. What did he do he questioned what seemed to be obvious to millions of people for a long time. The law of gravity has been taught to generation after generation.
“I do not know what I may appear to the world, but to myself I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the sea-shore, and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me.”
― Isaac Newton
The following are changer makers in different areas that they are or where go at. The likes of:-
Rosa Park, Martin Luther King a world renowned figure and Mother Teresa have a great mark in history. Most recently and closer home Nelson Mandela. Much closer James Mwangi CEO Equity bank has changed the banking sector in Kenya.
Technologically the late Steve Jobs though gone he installed a computer in a mobile phone. The list is endless, what are you doing? You can make it no matter the resistance because you have the potential.
For motivational and effective leadership, a leader must:
1. Keep people in the know. Your goal is to become a transformational leader—the kind of person who motivates and inspires people to perform at levels far beyond anything that they had previously thought possible. Transformational leaders empower others by keeping them “in the know,” making sure they’re fully informed on everything that affects their jobs. People want and need to feel that they are “insiders,” that they are aware of everything that is going on. There is nothing so demoralizing to a staff member than to be kept in the dark about their work and what is going on in the company.
2. Give regular feedback. One empowering behavior practiced by transformational leaders is regular feedback on performance and results. People need to know how they’re doing so they can improve if performance is below standards and so that they can be proud of their successes. The more feedback you give to people, the better, as long as the feedback is objective and not critical. My friend Ken Blanchard says, “Positive feedback is the breakfast of champions.”
3. Praise generously. Be generous with your praise and encouragement. Remember, people are the only asset that can be made to appreciate in value by giving them warmth, respect, approval and by creating a climate of positive expectations.
4. Set high standards for yourself. What companies and countries and institutions need today are courageous visionary leaders who are committed to creating an exciting future for themselves and others. You have within you the ability to evolve and grow as a leader and to make a real difference in the world around you. And the one thing you can know for sure about yourself is that, no matter what you’ve accomplished up to now, there is far more that you can do. As you practice the behaviors of effective leaders, you will grow more and more toward the realization of your full potential. It’s completely up to you.
In summary, here are two things you can do immediately to put these ideas into action in your work:
First, hold regular meetings with your staff and tell them everything that is going on. Invite their comments, questions and concerns. Make everybody feel as if he or she was an insider in the organization.
Second, continually look for opportunities to give positive feedback, praise and encouragement. People need praise and encouragement like roses need rain and sunshine. Take very opportunity to make people feel better about themselves and their work.
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