As I write my first ever blog for Africa on the Blog, I’m excited and so full of joy. The reason I’m so full of joy is I believe we are in the most exciting time in history. As a Keynote Speaker, Entrepreneur and Life Coach, I specialise in leadership development, entrepreneurship and youth impact coaching and from my vision, I speak around the world inspiring, challenging, empowering and equipping people how to become leaders, entrepreneurs or students of distinction.
With my mission, mind-set and mandate, I truly believe now is the time for Africa’s potential leaders to rise, shine and become distinguished trailblazers for their respective country. Notice I used the term ‘potential leader’. The reason I used this term is because Africa as a continent has so much potential but I believe the potential of Africa’s leaders hasn’t really been identified, stoked or nurtured. Imagine if you have fireworks ready to use for a party but never light them? Potentially the fireworks have so much ‘explosive power’ in them but until they are lit, nothing happens. The same thing with Africa’s potential leaders, now is the time for their gifts and talents to be ignited so in turn they can fulfil their calling which in turn will lead others to fulfil their calling too.
We first have to establish what leadership is. Earlier this year, I penned the following definition on leadership.
Below I will give three keys which I believe whoever reads, writes and runs with my teaching, they themselves can become a leader of distinction who constantly bring positive change to their village, town, city and nation as a whole.
As a leader, one of the ways to inspire people is with your vision. Your vision should positively influence, instruct and impact the previous, present and future generations to constantly raise the bar of excellence and achieve their own visions too. Your vision should show your tears, scars, mistakes and fears but also show your innovation, distinction, determination and success. If you require a leadership position to bring tangible and positive change, your vision has to speak when you’re silent and silence every form of fear, failure and fatigue. Your vision has to inspire, empower, challenge, equip and motive people you know and people you don’t know.
We are now in a global village and with the full emergence of social media as a means of communication, your vision has to transcend different faces, races and places around the world. Regarding your vision, you need to have an undeniable, unquenchable and unforgettable passion for your vision. With this, people can use your vision to become focused, passionate and steadfast with their vision. With so much issues in Africa; war, famine, terrorism, poverty and poor leadership, to become distinguished it is critical you wear the glasses of possibilities as you see new opportunities in being a source of inspiration for your generation.
I’m not going to say it’s going to be easy, but if you don’t push forward, you will only stand still and remain stagnant or worse, go back and become a non entity making no impact. Strive Masiyiwa, one of Africa’s finest leaders and founder and chairman of global telecommunications group Econet Wireless was born in humble beginnings but his vision, passion and focus is bringing hope to many in Africa and in fact around the world. His story, vision, determination and distinction have truly inspired a generation to rise up and see the possibilities in being a leader of distinction.
To become a distinguished leader who brings positive change and is a source of inspiration, it is critical you constantly raise the bar of excellence. When I came into the personal development industry, I made my mind up my websites will be reference points of excellence so people from different industries can use them and in turn become a reference point of excellence in their industry too. As a leader, you are either leading people into the zone of excellence or into the comfort zone called average. Isn’t it interesting as humans we naturally buy products of excellence? I mean, you will never go to a shop and purchase a mediocre phone, tablet or say a watch, as humans we want the best so we will always purchase and use products and services of excellence. So, to become a distinguished leader who constantly brings positive change inspiring others to excel, it is critical you produce products and services of excellence. In life, you will either live a life of excellence or a life of average. Please note, average won’t cost you anything but excellence will cost you a lot but in the long run it will be worth it why? The people who inspire you are people of excellence.
To become a leader of distinction, it is vital you produce services and or products that will not only distinguish you in your industry but will challenge and inspire people to give birth to creative ideas that will make them distinguished leaders too. More than ever before, ideas are being birthed that are changing a person’s playing field overnight. You don’t necessarily have to give birth to a new concept but you can create a concept that has already been produced but put your mark of excellence on it that in turn challenges people to become a source of creativity too.
What project are you pioneering and will the accomplishment of it excite and inspire your generation? Someone once said, “Money makes the world go round” but it’s my conviction that in fact, it is creativity which actually makes the world go around. What do I mean? the phone, tablet, clothes, aftershave, perfume, hat or shoes you are using, somebody created it, so, again I ask, What project are you pioneering and will the accomplishment of it excite and inspire your generation?
To become a distinguished leader who brings hope and is a source of hope across Africa and the world, I believe having a clear and defined vision, constantly raising the bar of excellence and giving birth to creative ideas will not only inspire people but will also challenge them to become distinguished too. After all, leadership is about bringing people into new realms of excellence and challenging them to become distinguished in their chosen field.
You don’t have to be dead to leave a legacy. ~ O. Anyado 2012.