We can lead directly or indirectly. But sometimes people don’t call themselves leaders because they do not lead directly (i.e., they don’t have subordinates). Some people cultivate the habit of alcoholism because of their relatives. The reason is that their relatives are indirectly leading them. This happens in our day to day lives.
Most people join certain groups in church because of the inspiration they take from people. Because of the zeal and commitment of the choir master, people can choose to join the choir. Others join the ushering team (or church greeters) because of how welcoming they are. Some ushers are really good! There are a number of people I know who join some churches because of the ushers. Unknowably to the ushers, they are leading many.
Everyone is a leader. I believe this forms part of the reasons why many people will not opt for a community where kids bully themselves or husbands beat their wives or drinking bars are scattered everywhere. Influence seems to be the issue. Certainly, leadership is all about influence.
Certainly, leadership is all about influence.
Both direct and indirect leaders lead by the power of influence. Before I continue, may I say that direct leaders are those lead over subordinates or employees. These people are aware of their followers and directly relate with them. A pastor is a direct leader. He is aware that the entire congregation are his followers. The managing director knows his followers; his secretary and all the heads in the various offices that he oversees. But the nagging and quarrelsome wife rarely knows she is a leader to her daughters. If she knows that she is influencing her children and destroying their future marriages she wouldn’t throw unnecessary tantrums.
One of my aunties had a TV set which she never used. I stayed with her for one whole year and the TV wasn’t plugged into a socket. So I mastered courage to ask her why. She explained, “The TV is functioning very well. I just don’t want any of my children to be badly influenced. Ama is still too young to be seeing certain pictures on TV.” The TV is capable of directing the life of her four children badly for which reason she decided to make it a living room log. TV, magazine, books, internet and etc. are filled mostly with indirect leaders, influencing either positively or negatively.
One of my nieces, eight years old, wants to be newscaster because of Nana Aba Anamoah. She only knows her from TV3 news. This great Ghanaian journalist gave my niece a reason to dream. Nana Aba doesn’t know her. This agrees with something that John Quincy Adams (6th president of USA) said that if your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.
If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader. ~John Quincy Adams (6th president of USA)
We are all leaders, influencing people by our activities, hard work and lifestyle directly or indirectly. It’s therefore “wicked” for us to live our lives anyhow. Our actions are living sermons we are preaching to incalculable people. Destinies surround us waiting to be manifested after we have fully affected them, which we cannot tell when. Let’s live right and the world would be a better pillow to rest our heads on.