Work Hard because The Six Pillars of Leadership Don’t Just Happen

Dike Phatudi
February 9, 2016
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Work Hard because The Six Pillars of Leadership Don’t Just Happen

Contrary to popular beliefs about TV appearances, being a One Day Leader contestant does not mean you will be entitled to powerful leadership positions for the remainder of your life. 

Instead, it positions you in such a manner that people constantly expect more from you. 

I was in conversation with Ndumiso Hadebe, season two winner, and he summed up the pressure that we all feel after leaving the show when he said, ‘‘people need to be aware that it’s not a question of making it onto the show! The premise is that you need to work ten times harder and hundred times harder than people who are already working hard.’’  

When you come to One Day Leader you have not made it as a leader. Yes, you have not made it!

You were selected because you are on the right track to being a leader someday. Your development as a leader is not final and it has not yet fully materialized. Your success as a prospect is seen on how you advance in the leadership pipeline, it requires intentionality! 

Here are the best quotes on how to implement the six pillars of leadership:  

  1. Mary Ann Bailey said, ‘‘to be successful, our willingness must be unconditional from beginning to end. We must be willing to take risks and try new things, to trust in the process of change, and to believe in ourselves and our ability to achieve our dreams. If we give up in any of these areas, our likelihood of success drops dramatically.’’
  1. In the DreamManifesto website the author, Julian Burkes, of The Importance of Having a Vision says, ‘‘a vision can be used in two ways: inspiration and prediction. It is first used to inspire you in reaching something that you are wanting. It is also used in prediction for changes in the future and interests you have. A vision might be the most powerful way to keep you focused on what you want in life while keeping you motivated in achieving it.’’
  1. ‘‘The longer I live, the more I realise the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, the education, the money, than circumstances, than failure, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company, a church, a home… The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day.’’ – Charles R Swindoll
  1. ‘‘Influence is, simply put, the power and ability to personally affect others’ actions, decisions, opinions or thinking. At one level, it is about compliance, about getting someone to go along with what you want them to do. But you often need the genuine commitment from others to accomplish key goals and tasks. True commitment means you have succeeded in influencing people so that they’ll endorse and truly support you or your task or plan.’’- Harold Scharlatt
  1. “It’s all well and good to be able to have your vision, engage people, stick with the strategy, manage your stakeholders, you know, do everything nicely in the public eye,” says National Broadband Network deputy chairman Diane Smith-Gander. “But when push comes to shove and there is a decision which might not necessarily take you forward but takes the organisation forward, you take the right decision: that, to me, is the true leadership thing.”
  1. Accountability: ‘‘Researching the term on the Internet, it is interesting that most often it is used in a moral or ethical context, talking about political and other leaders being held accountable for their actions. I hold this concept in a much simpler context, namely, being made to honor the agreements that one makes.’’ – Bill Dann

During the weeks that a young leader spends on One Day Leader, it is imperative to understand that the purpose of the weekly tasks is to inspire you to come up with proposed debate solutions for our country’s issues.  Nonetheless, the tasks are also to stretch you as a leader by impacting the level you are on on the scale that the six pillars are measured on.

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