What is leadership?
What are the characteristics of a great leader? Does occupying a position of authority automatically make someone a leader, or is leadership something entirely different.
I just started reading a book written by Jefferey A. Krames – Lead with Humility: 12 Leadership Lessons from Pope Francis and this got me thinking more about what it means to be an effective leader. For most adults, chances are you will be leading at least one other person at one point or the other. It could be as a parent in a family, at work, at school e.t.c.
Mary Wollstonecraft lived a rather short life, she died at the age of 38. She was a woman who dared to live based on her convictions and beliefs, and her story teaches important life lessons. She was born and lived at a time when women were not regarded as equal with men. With limited formal education, she boldly forged a path for herself and many to come after her.
Mary Wollstonecraft was born the second of seven children on April 27, 1759, in Spitalfields, London. Her childhood was not an ideal one. She grew up with a father that was a violent drunk who gradually squandered the family’s finances on speculative projects. Her father would beat his wife in drunken rages and Mary would lie outside the door of her mother’s bedroom in an attempt to protect her.
What’s your aim in life
Over the past year and a bit, I have lost people and heard news in my close circles about the passing of young people in their 20’s and 30’s. Some unexpected, and some after a drawn-out illness. These deaths have got me thinking a lot more about life and what it means.
One of the questions I have had to ask myself and truthfully answer is, What exactly is my aim in life? Do I know what I want out of my life? What do I need to do, be or have that would make me smile at the end when I look back on my life. Would I be filled with regrets and woulda, coulda, shoulda? Or will I look back and be joyful for a life well spent.
STOP WAITING FOR LIFE TO START
What exactly is stopping you from living life fully?
What are you waiting for? Friday? Summer? Marriage? Children? Grown-up children? Fame? Money? More time? More resources? To be older? Retirement?
Whatever it is, don’t spend your life waiting for life to start, because it already started the moment you were born. That’s right! Life does not start on Friday, in summer, when you get married, when you have children or when you retire. You miss out on your life every moment you spend waiting for it to begin.
We all have a limited number of years to live. Tomorrow is not promised, and this moment is all we have. Think about it, for each second you live, for each moment, each hour, each day, you are closer to your date of death than you were the day before. Think about that for a second, let it sink in. Scary? Maybe, but it shouldn’t be.