Every year at this time we celebrate the historical contributions of people of African descent to the world. This should not just be taken as a month-long celebration though, because it is so much more than that.
Celebrating the pioneers and visionaries who have paved the way or cleared the path for us to be where we are today is no small feat. When we celebrate their sacrifices, contributions and pioneering leadership spirit, we are honouring them. Honour is an expression of wisdom, and in doing these acts of remembrance, we honour our forebearers.
One of the most important aspects of leadership is honour. Leaders should honour their followers and vice-versa. What does that look like?
1. Start off by honouring your values. Followers will never trust leaders who don't honour theirs and their followers' values, and if they don't trust you, they will not grow with you. You inspire and empower through your values so make sure you're walking the talk. Be authentically trustworthy.
2. Lead, don't compete. Strengthen the treasure within your follower that you want to compete with and honour their greatness. Wherever you find dishonour, you will also find hurt.
3. Communicate honour from the heart. Treat your followers according to their potential and not their performance. If they are underperforming, create a plan of action to help them grow. Don't be too quick to write them off.
4. Recognize their contributions in a sincere, genuine and personal way. Make it specific and public.
There are so many more I could add, however, this is a great place to start. Create your own code of honour and harness the wisdom from it to make a powerful impact on your world.
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