Evidence is witness, attestation and confirmation. Therefore, it must be separate from self. In the law court, it is unacceptable for someone to bear witness for himself; he needs someone else to stand in the witness box to make a declaration in support of him. Having said that, I will like to emphasise that the doctrine of separation from self does not mean that a man, in practice, cannot provide the exhibits that will inspire the judge to believe him. In spite of that, in leadership, a man does not blow his trumpet; otherwise, he isn’t a true leader. On certain instances, you hear some people use the slogan, ‘As a leader, I will…’. Sometimes, I ask myself, ‘Are they truly leaders?’ If they are, there are indicators to prove it; if they don’t pass the litmus test, whatever they say they are, they may not truly be.
What are the evidences of a true leader?
1. The first evidence of your true leadership is the attestation of those you manage; the first Being you manage, is YOU. Your ability, willingness and readiness to take responsibility for your daily endeavours are signs of true leadership. If you don’t own up to your actions, good or bad, you are not a true leader because leadership begins from self management. Besides you, those you manage are true witnesses of who you are. Beginning from the family, if those in your caucus don’t believe the ‘good guy picture’ you paint outside your closet, there may be something wrong with your inner self. As a supervisor, manager or chief executive of an organisation, what are the sincere perceptions of your subordinates over your leadership style? Their honest perception, which they may not be willing to utter due to fear of victimisation is your score on the board of leadership evaluation.
2. Leadership is evidenced by the quality and speed of generating strategic and tactical information. Your creative ideas and knowledge are indicators of who you are. Your quick understanding and knowing what to do, when there are matters of urgency speak volumes of your trueness as a leader. Your ability to perceive and discern, when everyone is lost, advertises you as a true leader. In an organisation, the true leader may not be the CEO; it may be the security guard that stands at the door or receptionist that sits at the welcome desk. So, strategy, tactics and logic define a true leader.
3. You can’t separate a true leader from his track records. Your antecedent is your witness; it either speaks for you or speaks against you. Results are outward signs of true leadership. Every great leader has something that is an external proof of his identity. Where is your proof? Your proof will be analysed in the people’s parliament; not by politicians because some of them aren’t leaders, but by the consciences of those under the tutelage of your leadership. To be a true leader, produce a convincing track record that even your worst critics can’t deny.
4. The last of the evidences of a true leader I’ll talk about is the confirmation of someone higher than you. Your good isn’t good enough until you get an honest opinion of someone ahead of you. An unbiased assessment from a stronger force is a lifetime testimonial of your progress. Don’t be too focused not to realise that you need a thumbs up from certain people. Thumbs up from big quarters are massive inspirations for a buzzing leader.
In conclusion, remember that; your evidences of true leadership come from those you manage, your level of information, your track record, and higher confirmation. Leadership isn’t about official position; it is the totality of your style, approach, speed and perceptive mindset.