Friday, August 17, 2012

Yearn for the Vast and Endless Sea

While I was surfing the internet a few hours ago, I came across this very thought provoking quotation by Antoine de Saint-Exuperé:

“If you want to build a ship, don't drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea.”

I don't even know how to say the name of the author of this saying, yet it hit me right in the middle of my ego. We, especially men, longs to lead. If not all of us, "...leadership is 'leading the ship'"many people expects to stand up amongst the rest and prove what we are, as we say, capable of. Though many stands to the challenge, few are really worthy. As what the Holy Bible said:

For many are called, but few are chosen. (Matthew 22:14 KJV)

One thing that I have learned is that as leaders we may overlook the real "calling" of leadership. We must not lead to show off our skills and boast our knowledge. We must not lead so that people can put us into pedestals and be "worshipped". We must not lead to gain a following. We must not lead for our own gain.

I have learned that leadership begins with service. Servant leadership that is. You lead by preparing yourself to serve other people. That means, swallowing your pride and expecting nothing in return. Leadership is also imparting the knowledge and "You lead by letting the people know about the goal so you are in-tune towards a common purpose."skills that you have. Good leaders create good leaders. As what the quote is referring to, you don't lead by just stepping up on a platform and then tell everyone what to do. You lead by letting the people know about the goal so you are in-tune towards a common purpose. Therefore you don't have to tell them what to do, they will automatically move according to plan. You, as the leader, will just make sure that everything will flow smoothly.

In summary, leadership is fueled with determination and spirit. However, the fire that should be spreading is humbleness, willingness to learn, and love for the people who look up to you. After all, leadership is 'leading the ship'. You cannot lead everyone on board if you're not on the ship as well. Right?

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