WHAT IS THE LEADER TALENT ABOUT? WHO ARE N.E.O.LEADERS?
“A leader takes people where they would never go on their own.”
To get a simple answer, we should split this question into two parts:
What is the idea of the TALENT, in the first place? And what is the LEADER TALENT?
The talent of a person in any field determines the extraordinary, unique, special abilities of this individual. Many people perform the same job, but only the talented ones do it better than others or in their own unique way. The ability to find a creative approach to what one does, to achieve great results in one’s activity characterizes the person as Talented in his/her own field of activity.
As commonly defined, a Talent is an outstanding aptitude to show high results immediately in few kinds of activity, but often only in a single direction or genre.
Wikipedia also says: Talent is an inborn potential to do certain kinds of work whether developed or undeveloped.
This means that the TALENT is traditionally considered as an inborn trait that requires development and gives a person an opportunity to become brilliant in a certain field of activity.
Judging from my personal experience, a person who follows his Talent, is always inspired by it, is passionate about what he does, he is happy and thinks positively.
A person who is talented in any area is always respected not only by his colleagues, but also by the society in general.
The exception is the LEADER TALENT!
Here, the respect from society is usually replaced by rejection and criticism. Let us take a closer look at this issue by answering the second question we asked in the beginning: what is the LEADER TALENT? I guess, that would be the stumbling block – unambiguously clear with other talents: a smith can forge, a chef can cook, a singer can sing, a soccer player scores goals… But what can a Leader do better than others?
Many philosophers of the past and present spent years pondering upon it:
A leader is the one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way. John Maxwell
Leadership is lifting a person’s vision to high sights, the raising of a person’s performance to a higher standard, the building of a personality beyond its normal limitations. Peter Drucker
You don’t lead by pointing and telling people some place to go. You lead by going to that place and making a case. Ken Kesey
A leader takes people where they want to go. A great leader takes people where they don’t necessarily want to go, but ought to be. Rosalynn Carter
A true leader has the confidence to stand alone, the courage to make tough decisions, and the compassion to listen to the needs of others. He does not set out to be a leader, but becomes one by the equality of his actions and the integrity of his intent. Douglas MacArthur
The leader has to be practical and a realist yet must talk the language of the visionary and the idealist. Eric Hoffer
As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others. Bill Gates
All of the above is certainly correct but sounds a bit too general: with a single short sentence one cannot express what the LEADER TALENT is about, but I will try to make it as specific as possible:
A Leader is a person who sees the target and ways to achieving it, who goes his way and encourages other people to follow him.
That’s the idea of a Leader’s Talent. It is as unique as any other Talent. And it also requires support and development, just like any other Talent. It is also important to remember that the word “Talent” is adjacent to the word “person”, which means that the Talented Leader needs understanding, trust and support of the society.
But who are N.E.O.Leaders? They are the Leaders of the XXI century! Those who realize not only the historical, metaphysical and practical importance of the changes currently taking place on the planet, but also their immediate role in these changes. N.E.O.Leaders are still the talented people, possessing the gift of leadership, yet their talent is put into a new perspective and shaped by the conditions of the planetary as well as social transformation. They are necessarily prepared to address their leadership in a new manner, they are open to modern technologies, methods and ways of being a Leader.
Great Leaders are not defined by the absence of weakness, but rather by the presence of clear strengths. John Zenger
Does a Leader have failures? Is he allowed to make mistakes? Or is it so that only singers, soccer players and cooks may fail and make mistakes?
It is time for all of us to give this a thought!