By Allen Baguma
Leadership, often draped in the garments of power and authority, is like a mysterious force that seems reserved for politicians, cultural leaders, religious figures, and business tycoons.
It sometimes carries the baggage of imperialism and dominance. But let us shatter that stereotype.
Leadership, as defined by J. Oswald Sanders in his book “Spiritual Leadership,” is “influence.”
This definition is the key to unlocking the magic of leadership in our daily lives.
It is not limited to grand podiums or fancy titles; it is about everyday actions that can make a world of difference.
It is also in the comforting guidance of a parent at home, the inspiring wisdom of a teacher in a classroom, the dedication of an employee at work, and the caring touch of a doctor in the hospital.
Leadership is not limited to a club; it is open to everyone. God created man to lead.
Taking a cue from the scriptures, specifically Matthew 5:13-16, the Bible tells us that we are the “salt of the earth” and the “light of the world.”
In simple terms, it means we are here to make things better, to shine a light on goodness, and let our actions speak for themselves, glorifying our faith and values.
Influence is not just for the powerful or the famous, it is power within that every one of us possesses.
We do not need to wait for a fancy title to make a difference. As the world evolves speedily, it presents both challenges and opportunities.
This means there is abundant craving for leaders who can see beyond the horizon, who can be the change they want to see, who can be a voice for their faith, who can stand up for the truth, who can catalyse positive action, and who can influence without waiting for the call but step up and say, “Here I am, Lord, send me.”
Peter Drucker, the guru of management, described leaders as those who raise the bar, expand visions, build extraordinary personalities, and turn ordinary folks into legends.
That is leadership and it is the embodiment of building a sphere of influence.
This means, therefore, it is time to demystify leadership. It is time to embrace the power of influence that each one of us possess and can tap beneath the surface.
Yeah, it is time to mark the world with your influence. Are you ready to lead?
Allen K. Baguma