In my everyday life, I teach the tenets of various forms of interpersonal communication. I research leaders from biblical to contemporary times and study their methodology.
This post will attempt to take a mere peek into how certain iconic figures became transformational leaders.
A part of memorable leadership is about charisma, and how you emotionally effect people. Charisma is positive and it operates at a higher vibrational frequency; the result is that this type of energy makes people feel inspired.
The other has to due with a clear message and the intent. Powerful messaging requires a strong objective.
Here's my take on influential leadership.
Great leaders choose powerful objectives, and want it more than anything in the world. You can't expect to be exceptional if you don’t have a powerful end-goal in mind. Steve Jobs understood this dynamic very well, and it’s the reason why Apple is one of the greatest and innovative companies of our time. Jobs never for one minute gave up on his vision.
We learned through the bible that Jesus was one of the greatest storytellers of all time. Your overall delivery has to be compelling, and something that your audience would be emotionally moved by. He also molded his messages and made it relevant by focusing on what the people needed to hear at that time. During the birth of Christianity, the political climate was strife with unrest; so his messages had to be timely. Your message is always the first step in building a solid foundation for success. It’s a crucial building block of your brand presence.
Not everyone will agree or even care about your message, but there will be a group of people who will care. Seek them out. They are your target audience and they're your anchors. Too often, people pitch their message, and often make the fatal mistake by pitching their message to everyone. Unfortunately, by doing this they water down the content in hopes to speak to everyone's sensibilities. Instead, identify your core audience and speak directly to their wants and address their fears. It’s fruitless to try to be everything to everyone, when you can be special to someone.
Martin Luther King Jr. was a leader who shared his audacious global vision, thus his many followers became his brand ambassadors. Learn to collaborate with others and build something great together. Your vision most likely will pivot when others perspectives are added, but as long as you have the end-goal in mind, you’ll maintain your vision's integrity.
From the bible we learned Jesus wasn’t afraid of being outrageous. He was innovative and had oodles of confidence. (Whether or not the following statements are true or what you believe to be true is not the intention.) When Jesus expressed to his audience he could heal the sick; his message had immediacy and gave hope, which made him indispensable to his audience. The take away here is be committed to what you believe.
You will be remembered for your confidence and having faith in what you believe.
Are you prepared to stand by what you believe, and how can you plan to make yourself memorable in the eyes of your audience?
I would love to hear your thoughts here.
As always all my best and may you win your room everyday.