I was in South Africa (RSA) and Zimbabwe for the last two weeks working with leaders in ministry and business. My wife and I had the privilege of serving these leaders at a conference and in some personal contexts. Because we had recently celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary we tagged on a couple of extra days in the Cape Town area. This was my fourth trip to RSA and my friends there have consistently recommended a trip to the Cape.
I had no idea what awaited me. Absolutely beautiful, sprawling mountains and breathtaking coastal views. And penguins. It was consistently in the upper 90’s and low 100’s while we were in northern RSA and Zimbabwe. But while we were in the Cape it was sunny and in the low 70’s. Perfection!
As I interacted with leaders from halfway across the world one thing struck me. While there are certainly some cultural differences as you visit different parts of the globe, one thing remains the same. People are people. And leadership is all about people.
Languages may change. Cultural traditions may change. Government regulations may change. But in the end, people are people. Leaders lead people, not things. And leaders in many of the developing countries are dealing with many of the same challenges my clients and I are dealing with in the U.S.
The bottom line is that people can be difficult. Every leader has at least one person that is the most difficult to lead. This person may be male or female, young or old, but they are right in front of you. Look in the mirror. It’s you.
Self-leadership is, without question, one of the most difficult aspects of being a leader. Here are five quick tips I would suggest to more effectively lead yourself.