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The promoter of formidableness
On October 29, 2009, in Total leadership, by Neculai Fantanaru

Highlight your character traits, by finding those patterns, trends and contrasts, which integrate the full "picture" of your leadership.

The work of an artist, like that of a painter, is not that easy as one may think. It requires passion, talent, patience, a creative imagination, perspective and sense of color and shape. A painter is not just an artist that handles oil and moist colors. Besides, he is a fine observer that doesn't neglect details; and a good listener. He has a very educated taste. He gets inspired by every little scent, afterglow, sound and emotion, every song he listens to, every place he visits.

He enjoys the ability of bonding things apparently unimportant. Colorless. Senseless. When he contemplates them, he finds within the heart of beauty and zest. And the evanescent. The most important is the ability of exhausting the core, in order to serve it. To fit it to his own flat. Yes, that's right. When it comes to painting, we allude to a “sui generis” world that requires a chosen craft with a native affinity to beauty and creativity.

The deepest desire of a true artist is to paint something that has not been painted. He grinds alone, to dare to do what nobody else has not done before. He isn't satisfied with the old-line of colors and shapes; he's always on the pursuit of novelty.

Sometimes, he doesn't adventure himself into blabbing his ideas. Because, no matter how gifted he would be, he's always dissatisfied with himself and his paintings. Often, inspiration leaves him, the drawing refuses to take the shape that he wants to give it, the dust of his colors drains his throat, his hands keep shaking, his eyes are tearful of so many sleepless nights. However: formidable. Ultimately, he achieves to give life to a true work of art.

Just like an artist, the leader creates a world of his own

Leadership is an art. And the one who leads people and motivates them to fulfill their duties in order to mount into their chosen career has to be an artist, a formidable artist, one that would astound everyone with his unusual qualities, his special virtues, his dazzling performances, and then to point them towards the direction chosen by himself. A clear direction, safe, fair, concordant with people's long-term interest.

It is strenuous to be in the forefront of people. You need to order all your values and to create your own path, your personal cosmogony, just like a painter, to create your own reality, to have it your way, but to leave the door open for others to enjoy it as well. You must formulate a new vision of the future, through which you express your desire to renovate that great something in others: the impulse to act through free expression of opinion, the impulse to work with more professionalism, to practice their job with greater enthusiasm to finally get to have a very high social status.

Just as the deepest desire of a true artist is to paint something that has not been painted, so the biggest desire of a leader is to highlight those traits of character that would contribute to the evolution of his leadership.

There's nothing more transcendent, but to get close to people, to motivate them to join your "world", to cause them to cling after your own personality and echoing your style, your mentality, your character traits to enliven something prodigious. Something that, if possible, would endure evanescence just like a painting. That is the meaning of being a formidable leader.

Patterns, trends and contrasts

And, now, the bad news. You cannot invest little and win the big pot. You can only benefit if you accomplish your tasks with responsibility and passion, if you got the skills and, especially, if you are willing to invest more in your work. If you intend to lead a limited or extended team, without possessing those qualities that make them better, you will not be able to gain the team's solidarity, you will not be able to refer them to a common path in order to achieve the purposed goal.

The painter can create a masterpiece out of nothing because he knows how to reproduce "perfection" by reviewing his ideas, by learning new stuff, by mixing the colors in established proportions. He finds patterns, streams, contrasts.

Are you a master in your field? Can you find patterns, trends and contrasts that would complete the full "picture" of your leadership, which would polish your image and tint your qualities?

As a leader, in order to vivify something, you must be oriented towards people and their needs, you must have communication skills, to have a nice presence, entrepreneurship, and not at least, you must have the ability to build different action scenarios. You have to find those patterns, trends and contrasts of the action, of thought and behavior to motivate and help people to move easier.

You cannot become a formidable leader if you are not able to initiate and to support long-term positive changes among people.


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