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Under The Empire Of Loyalty

On December 21, 2009, in Leadership Plus, by Neculai Fantanaru

Rise above your own limits, readjusting your leadership potential in line with the ideals of others.

Only an exceptional man can guide the spirits towards his own ambitions, under the influence of leadership. Whenever a leader proposes to do something, he involves himself personally in the smooth running of things, with dead seriousness and confidence, putting soul into every step he makes. He does not doubt at all about his people's loyalty, just as people, at their turn, do not doubt his devotedness and loyalty.

His desire to achieve his goals, to complete his mission, is so big that nobody and nothing can convince him to give up. For him, victory is absolute for the most times. Only such a longing desire, only such a full confidence in his own forces, in people, and in their ability to overcome their own limits, collaborating with each other, mobilizing their ambitions, can tempt him to always go on.

A day before the beginning of the battle of Austerlitz, Napoleon has addressed to his soldiers:

- I myself will lead your battalions. I will be kept away from the fire, with your customary bravery, you will bring chaos and death into the enemy ranks. But if victory is undecided for a moment, you will see your Emperor exposed to the first blows.

These words really electrified the troops, which proved to be at the height during the whole battle. And by that time, Napoleon could mobilize his people. The great victory of Austerlitz determined the disintegration of the Third Coalition constituted against the French Empire, and HE, the great military genius, strong and majestic like a lion, has enjoyed to the most for quite a long time his moments of glory.

Leadership: Can you achieve the fusion between demonstrative and wishful necessities in order to bring arguments for your position as a promoter of a noble cause?

In order to accomplish achieving the principle of people gathering for a common purpose, avoiding by any means to give an absolute value to certain directions that certify the continuity of some unrealistic approaches, you have to prove your attachment to a certain evolutionism to conceive your vision – through a proper example, letting aside the opposition between justice and injustice, but most of all the opposition between a genius and the common man.

So there has to be a continuous availability for the composition of exterior attitudes and traits, sharing the idealism of your convictions about your own abilities through a heroic determination that inspires people. This even grants you a kind of immunity regarding wrong decisions.

Everything that the leaders shape with their victory gift, with their apparent craziness, beyond the turmoil of disappointments or worries, is based on grounded convictions that have become reference points, and that contain the not at all coincidental phrase: "Everything that isn’t governed by strict ethnical principles, is governed by the conditions of ensuring success."

The demonstration of personal power focuses on the limits you are willing to violate in order to validate your control in the trail of mistakes others make if they do not accept to follow you.

And these limits are given by the actions of decision and control that allow you to accurately reconstruct the sequences of the present, traversed through a repeated undertaking of all the risks related to the nature of the virtue of being capable of great deeds, before choosing a unique purpose.

The leaders that have the tendency to judge every decision in terms of "correct" or "incorrect" can easily achieve the fusion between demonstrative and wishful necessities in order to bring arguments for their position as promoters of a noble cause and of glory, through proper measures and actions. They avoid attachment fiascos through a particular way of treating and putting themselves in relation with the responsibility elements of a personal geography that surprises a backward-forward movement between the objective and subjective reality.

The creeds justify the means, having as consequence a positive image of one’s self, a strong esteem and trust. And these concentrated expressions of faith, founded on the grounds of convictions full of potential, manage the performance to awaken a certain sensibility for a person’s worth, a characteristic impregnated by maturity in the DNA of a leading style.

This doesn’t necessarily mean an inclination towards exclusively catching the manifestation, highlighting and demonstration ways of experience, but moreover, a preference for the human typology that wants to overcome itself, stunning through its concreteness.

Leadership: Does your example of self-perfection awakens people's impulse to overcome their boundaries?

The emperor's proof of loyalty and devotedness encouraged the soldiers and inspired them the desire to fight more heartily and, eventually, to win a battle with the odds of three to one. A whole life, Napoleon, this man with such a brilliant mind, stayed only among people. Both in times of war and in times of peace. He was accustomed with the uproar of battles. Every weapon it was like his sister, every soldier his brother. He always fought side by side with his soldiers. It is no wonder that he knew everyone by their names. What is more important is that he was loved, admired and respected.

Napoleon's soldiers exceeded their limits, because he himself had exceeded his limits.

Had Napoleon ever missed the battlefield, as cowardly and fearfully leaders do? No. People would never love and respect a leader who sends them to death, but which who is absent from the battlefield. Napoleon was present in the battlefield almost every time, he led the way, exposing himself often to the first blows.

This was his ticket to the hearts of people. Which is yours? If you do not have, get one !

Loyalty is a sine qua non condition in order to achieve excellence in leadership. It is the line that separates success from failure. Napoleon always proved loyalty towards his soldiers, towards his people, towards his country, even if the decisions that he took along the time, have not proven to be all effective, some of them ending with disastrous failures.

Before you recommend yourself as a unique leadership model, you need to know what conditions predominate in your area of receptivity.

Receptivity is the leader’s openness to accept new power control conditions, validated by the people’s belief in an intelligence superior to theirs. In this area predominate two conditions: the flair of knowing where to step in the nefarious course of difficulty to predict events and the flair of knowing what that "attraction" is, the one you seek with an attitude of absolute commitment to the world.

Always being present among people, both for good, but mostly for worse, reflects your level of loyalty towards them, contributing to your success and theirs, as well. People are receptive to everything you do, at all your demarches that you undertake over time. Do you leave them in difficulty? Do you deny them? Or you stay by their side and you involve yourself with eagerness and devotedness in the "fight" they are doing for you?

As the kidney (the organ through which are eliminated the substances that are no longer useful to the human body) intervenes in regulating blood pressure, so your level of loyalty intervene in regulating your leadership potential - essential in the proper functioning of the team.

The binder that unites a team. Most people would do anything for you only if you do anything for them, as well. The opposite is also available; nobody will ever follow you if you do not show them, first of all, that you are by their side for the better and for the worse. The people's ideal is to stay always with them.

A leader's loyalty towards his subordinates contributes in achieving common success. People are reticent if they notice that your level of loyalty is low, and you do not support them when they need you. You cannot rise above them, and you cannot influence them, only through your cooperation. Not separately. Not by giving orders and always supervising their activities. Loyalty is based on involvement: the more you involve yourself in common activities, the more people get attached to you and become more loyal. If your level of loyalty decreases, then the level of achieving your goals will be diminished.

Loyalty is checked when your receptivity to people’s needs is limited by that hard part of your self-development that goes beyond their "reserve" of adapting to it.

Is the hard part of your self-development the "paradoxical courage" of giving up power to the benefit of those that run towards it?

Conclusion: The mutual loyalty is an essential condition for success; it is one of the binders that unite a team in the way, sometimes easy, sometimes difficult, in achieving the final goals. The lack of it, as well as the disinterest for the ultimate goal is a big obstacle that could cause a definitive failure.

Rise above your own limits, readjusting your leadership potential in line with the ideals of others.

 


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