Leading with courage

ImageAndre Malraux one said, to command is to serve, nothing more and nothing less. I am often perplexed at how much those of us in positions of influence (structurally speaking) miss the mark in terms of what the art of leadership is especially in direct comparison to those without the formal positions of influence.

As often mentioned, I am firm a believer in leadership being a state of being rather than what we do. In other words who we are comes before what we do. It is in the moments when the formal power layers have been taken off that we see the real person. Sometimes the titles we are formally given make us not be who we are and thus rob the world of an opportunity to experience the greatness we are.

One thing I have come to appreciate is that leadership begins with the heart. A heart that is consistent in allowing the leader to live steadily while moving among the team. A heart that is contrite enough to allow humility and willingness to show humanity regardless of who witnesses it. A type of heart that is courageous enough to chart the right path without shrinking from doing the right thing.

A leader should be able to communicate his/her convictions regardless of what the implications. We have many great examples of those who led with conviction (our very own Madiba, Ghandi, Marcus Garvey, Patrice Lumumba, Martin Luther King and others are often referred to in this context).

They are committed to a course regardless of how unpopular that may be. And finally they are totally captivated by what they believe in so much so that it matters not if that survives them (being ready to die for an idea that will live than live for an idea that will die).

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About Tebogo G Molapisane

Tebogo Molapisane is a serial entrepreneur with interests in private equity, consulting, business process outsourcing (BPO), human capital management and social justice. He is currently Executive Director at OMNI HR Consulting and directly runs the Commercial function, Founder and Chairman of Spirit Dominion Foundation, an Advisory Board member at BLDE Consulting PTY and Executive Director at Iridium Private Equity. He is former CEO and Board Director of Business Processing Enabling South Africa (BPESA). Tebogo has experience in Financial Services having spent 15 years in 3 of the big 4 players in South African banking industry as well as one of the largest insurers. He chooses the method of executive coaching to co-create and implement within the teams he leads. A graduate of the University of Cape Town, Tebogo further studied with Gordon Institute of Business Science as well as Rotterdam School of Business, The Netherlands.

2 responses to “Leading with courage”

  1. my2twobits says :

    A state of being rather than what we do, excellent. Really the true mark of a leader, a genuine leader.

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