Uncommon Leaders Recognise That In Order To Go Up They Must Give Up.
Today, a childhood friend turns 40, and to welcome him to club 40 I thought I’d do a leadership lesson from his life. Weeks ago, we were having a telephone conversation and he shared with me a defining moment in his life. Right after he left school, he landed a good job in the oil and gas and was earning a fantastic salary. He was able to drive the car of his choice (fully paid for) within months of starting this job and he was able to go abroad for trainings. And this was at a time when many he’d been in school with (my good self included) were still looking for jobs. As far as everyone was concerned, he had “arrived”. But he knew better. He had a vision and that vision would never be fulfilled where he was. Yes, the job paid well and offered many wonderful benefits but he would never become the person he desired to be if he held on to it. So, he walked away from it and in the direction of his vision, and never looked back.
The lesson here is this; uncommon leaders recognise that in order to go up they must give up. Leadership guru, John Maxwell, in his book, “The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership”, calls this, The Law of Sacrifice. This law says, “every person who has achieved any success in life has made sacrifices to do so. Effective leaders sacrifice much that is good in order to dedicate themselves to what is best.”
In conclusion, I would like to add that it takes a brave heart to step out of one’s comfort zone in pursuit of one’s vision. Fear steps in to negotiate with you to remain where you are, where it is safe. And uncommon leaders too have been paid a visit by fear. But what sets them apart from everyone else is that uncommon leaders are decisive. They know what they want and they will not settle for anything less.
Are you an uncommon leader? What are you giving up to go up? Remember, greatness comes at a price.
Happy 40th birthday, Osagie Zogie-Odigie, our uncommon leader for today. We celebrate with you. Many happy returns of the day.