“Through WATSonline and TRUTHonline, I share leadership principles that have shaped my own personal life and development. These have also shaped Bosasa and will continue to propel our destiny. I also share the evidence of successful team development as certain of our stakeholders participate with me in sharing their knowledge from the premise of setting the standard for better delivery of leadership to various sectors in society... shaping minds, shaping futures.
As a leader, you have to remain in touch with your team. Going beyond the boundaries of traditional communication methods, WATSonline is my extended internal communication tool to our Bosasa team [via email and blog]. These I have purposefully called WATSonline [depicting my surname as "what is online... what is the latest development... what is the area of focus"].
I enjoy sharing and it encourages me personally to continue in the pursuit of creating "teams2think"; 'teams2trust"; "teams2lead".
May we always remain inspired to be innovative and creative in our daily walk.
And may these blogs and emails encourage you to become an innovate person... a thinker and a leader.”
Gavin Watson Bosasa Group CEO
Please review Gavin's latest blog below & then visit WATSonline >>
Dear Bosasa Team
CHARACTERISTICS OF TRUE LEADERSHIP
Welcome once again to all our Bosasa team members. The following email is an overview of the characteristics of leadership and the importance of leadership. From the premise of building our internal leadership capacity we also take a look at the principles that govern the implementation of the learning environment within Bosasa.
To understand the concept of leadership it is necessary to understand the principles inherent in the nature of creation. Leadership is not something that human beings should strive for; it is a given because of your purpose and design. The leadership spirit is the essence of the human spirit. Man doesn’t have a spirit: man is a spirit, and that spirit is an expression of GOD’S Spirit.
Leadership is really a discovery of who we truly are and the application of that discovery to our lives. Simply stated, true leadership is self-discovery and self-manifestation.
The following are necessary attitudes for effective leadership and serve as measures of your leadership refinement as you continue to progress in maximizing your true leadership potential. True leaders have the spirit of a leader and all true leaders possess the following attitudes and characteristics of the spirit of leadership:
• Vision: they have the capacity to see beyond one’s natural eyes; it is a picture of purpose.
• Wisdom: the capacity to apply knowledge effectively.
• Mental ability: the ability to keep learning as the job expands.
• Authority: positive influence over your teams.
• People skills: the ability to draw people to self and help them develop their gifts and characters.
• Inspirational power: the ability to communicate one’s passion to others.
• Sense of humor: the ability to laugh at oneself and at life and to not take life too seriously.
• Integrity: consistency in one’s words and actions; trustworthiness; true character.
• Humility: being in touch with oneself; accepting oneself.
• High energy: strength and stamina to work hard and not be worn down.
• Courage: the ability not to be controlled or paralyzed by fear; the effective management of uncertainty.
• Resilience: the ability to bounce back when problems arise.
• Passion: a hunger for growth and personal development.
• Self-discipline: a willingness to “pay the price” and handle success.
• Creativity: an ability to see solutions and fix problems.
• Initiative: the ability to discern what needs to be done and commence action.
• Executive ability: the ability to get things done; the drive to finish an assignment.
• Track record: experience and success in previous situations.
The above principles are critical to you capturing the spirit of leadership for yourself and encouraging that spirit in team building and in others. They also summarize the principles that govern the implementation of the learning environment within Bosasa. All have to do with attitude.
Therefore as a Bosasa team member and part of our team environment always remember that within every follower is an undiscovered leader.
As a leader in the learning environment where we place emphasis on building our internal leadership, remember:
- The growth and development of people is the highest calling of true leadership.
- True leaders work for the benefit of others and not for personal gain.
- The most important lesson of leadership is self-development.
- Don’t ever again say, “It’s too late for me to a change.” It is never too late to make a change.
- It’s not what you are that holds you back. It’s what you think you are not, that holds you back.
- The one who influences others to lead or to become leaders is a leader without limitations.
- People tend to become what the most important people in their lives think that they will become.
- You can literally change people’s lives by your attitude and expectations of them.
- Successful people-developers make the right assumptions about people.
- Our assumptions will determine how successful we are in developing leadership in others.
- We can’t hope for things that we’re not currently working on.
You will become only what you are becoming right now.
As we, Bosasa, remain committed to our community, remember that our nation depends on your response to the need for a new breed of leaders with a new attitude.
Will you take this challenge in this week and will you to report for duty and lead your teams to a high growth group of the future? A true "BOSASA" group.
“Remember that one of the key’s to success is the following attitude of a leader: “Try not to become a [person] of success, but rather try to become a [person] of value when dealing with people.” Gavin Watson.
Have a blessed week and God bless.
FOUNDER AND CEO OF BOSASA GROUP OF COMPANIES
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