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5 Qualities of leaders and motivators part 2

This is the final part of a two part series. If you missed out on part 1 please click here before you continue. In part one I talked about the first two qualities and these are vision and courage. We learned that we are all born with these qualities and that the difference between leaders and followers is the expression of them to the world. I also talked about the importance of vision and courage in leadership. In this issue I will write about integrity; realism and responsibility as the other qualities of leadership and motivation.

Integrity

“In the arena of human life the honors and rewards fall to those who show their good qualities in action “~ Aristotle. My third quality is integrity. I believe integrity underlines all other qualities. The measure of integrity is determined by how honest you are in your critical areas of your life. How honest do you handle other peoples finances. Can someone trust you with their valuable possessions? Can you be trusted with handling say public matters even when it means that you will lose popularity in the short term?

Integrity means that you, as a leader, admit your shortcomings. It means that you work to develop your strengths and compensate for your weaknesses. Integrity means that you tell the truth, and that you live the truth in everything that you do and in all your relationships. Integrity means that you deal straight forwardly with people and situations and that you do not compromise what you believe to be true. “In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock”. ~ Thomas Jefferson

 Realism

True realism consists in revealing the surprising things which habit keeps covered and prevents us from seeing” ~ Jean Cocteau. The fourth quality of motivational leadership is realism. Realism is a form of intellectual honesty. The realist insists upon seeing the world as it really is, not as he wishes it were. This objectivity, this refusal to engage in self-delusion, is a mark of the true leader. A leader accepts situations as they are and transforms them to his advantage.

Those who exhibit the quality of realism do not trust to luck, hope for miracles, pray for exceptions to basic business principles, expect rewards without working or hope that problems will go away by themselves. These all are examples of self-delusion, of living in a fantasy land. Yes I know that miracles do happen but not without you playing a part. The part you play and the amount of faith you have will definitely be a determining factor.

The motivational leader insists on seeing things exactly as they are and encourages others to look at life the same way. As a motivational leader, you get the facts, whatever they are. You deal with people honestly and tell them exactly what you perceive to be the truth. This doesn’t mean that you will always be right, but you will always be expressing the truth in the best way you know how. There by excising your integrity in the process.

Responsibility

It is said by Brian Tracy that “the happiest people in the world are those who feel absolutely terrific about themselves, and this is the natural outgrowth of accepting total responsibility for every part of their life”. This is the mark of a true leader. The fifth of motivational leadership is responsibility. This is perhaps the hardest to develop. It is the duty of a good leader to accept responsibility no matter what the outcome is. In the same manner as when the out is positive he takes all the parting on the back. He should take the brunt when things have failed.

If, instead of accepting responsibility when things go wrong, you make excuses, blame someone else and simultaneously become angry and resentful and blow up, this may cost you. Personal leadership and motivational leadership are very much the same. To lead others, you must first lead yourself. To be an example or a role model for others, you must first become an excellent person yourself.

There is no dodging responsibility. Know also that you are responsible for your own life. Your very own life is in your hands. You are responsible for your actions. Wrong or right, bad or good they are your actions. If you want to become more, more of you is expected. “Life is a gift, and it offers us the privilege, opportunity, and responsibility to give something back by becoming more”. ~ Tony Robins

Conclusion

Finally, take action. You know that all mental preparation and character building is merely a prelude to action. You become a motivational leader by motivating yourself. And you motivate yourself by striving toward excellence, by committing yourself to becoming everything you are capable of becoming. You motivate yourself and others by continually looking for ways to help others to improve their lives and achieve their goals. You become a motivational leader by becoming the kind of person others want to get behind and support in every way and remember that we all have the five qualities in us wake them up and see how far you can go. “Standout tall and be counted”.

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Personal Development Self Growth

The building blocks of good character

“I am not made or unmade by the things that happen to me but, by the things that I do”. Unconsciously we are forming habits every moment of our lives. Some of  these habits are of a bad nature and some are of a good one. My character is not determined by the things that someone will do nor say to me. It will be determined by my reaction to the things that are being done or said to me. My reaction comes from deep inside of me. It is this reaction that will determine my character. The traits of my character are engraved inside me and can only be seen from my reaction to the environment.

In my quest to improve my life, mentally; physically; spiritually and financially, I have learnt that the following traits are some of the building blocks of a good character. We all have a character it is either good or bad and in fact we all have both good and bad characters within us. The difference is the dominating character that comes out. I believe that with persistence, practice and God’s help, we can all develop our characters to whatever, we want them to be.

Our thoughts

Your every conscious act is preceded by a thought. Your dominating thoughts determine your dominating actions which form your dominating character. We as human beings are gifted with a very powerful mind that needs to be controlled and and tamed. We have the ability in us to control what dominates our minds see related article for more. Thought is parent to our character, acts, and habits. If you harbour thoughts that are of a bad intent chances are that you will act according to your thoughts; if harbour thoughts are of good intent you are most likely to act according to them. We must always endeavour to entertain good thoughts; thoughts that promote good life and help improve humanity.

I believe that “I will be what I will to be” with the right frame of mind and positive thinking. My thoughts currently are focused on writing blogs that are beneficial to both my self and anyone who reads them. Mind control is as a result of self discipline and habit.

Humility

Humility is golden. It is second only to non. Humility is humbleness; meekness; modesty. The quality of being respectful or modesty is humility. I do believe that each and every human being has some level of humility, again it is the quantity and quality of it that will determine your character. You see to build a good character you need wisdom and humility is a large part of wisdom. Wisdom is basically illuminated reason and it leads to humility.

When we are humble and accept our mistakes and take responsibility for them our humility grows and leads us to be of higher integrity. Our character also grows to new levels. I have noticed that most of us rarely want to be associated with mistakes or failure, we want only to be associated with success, forgetting that taking responsibility for our failures is a pathway to success.

Integrity

My third block for building good character is integrity. Perhaps an area that most of us lack. Integrity is honesty; truthfulness; uprightness. The most successful leaders are of a higher integrity. You cannot be of good character yet with a low integrity. Good character and low integrity does not mix.

The law of success is service and is built on integrity. We make money through friends and enlarge our circle of friends by helping them make money, by being of service to them. Integrity is not easily acquired it comes with time. The possession and steadfastly adhering to high moral principles is integrity.

Discipline

The final though not the least is discipline. Without discipline no one can succeed. Discipline is necessary to think correctly yet most of us are lacking in discipline. If you enter into the discipline necessary to bring about a radical change in your life, you must do so deliberately, after giving the matter careful thought and full consideration, and then you must allow nothing to interfere with your decision. Click here to see the “five d’s of success part 2” for more on discipline.

Discipline comes with self control. Before you can control conditions, you must control your self. Self discipline is very important and should be earned or learned at all costs. Every thing we do in life requires us to have self-discipline in order that we succeed. It is therefore important to master the power of self-discipline.

Conclusion

The above building blocks are just but a scratch to having a better and good character. Humanity must endeavour to live in harmony with each other. I know that the earth is endowed with endless natural resources waiting for us to utilise for the benefit of us all. Humanity can only benefit from us when we develop a good and appropriate character. We must learn to control our minds so as to preoccupy ourselves with good thoughts that will translate into good habits that will form good character. A good character should definitely be a target for us. Remember to always “standout tall and be counted”.

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