“I have seen the king with a face of glory,
He who is the eye and the sun of heaven,
He who is the companion and healer of all beings,
He who is the soul and the universe that births souls”.
Leaders are born with a charisma that can be perfected through instruction, coaching, diligent hard work and perseverance. Leaders stand out because of their own exclusive élan making worthy use of their talents, and evolving as adept emissaries of any establishment.
Only a handful among us can be leaders. Most exist in the business world, military services and law enforcement. Leaders prove their distinction in the real world of success and failure–life and death. Leadership is a special quality that is not hereditary nor something you can acquire by virtue of promotion or designation.
A leader is much more than only just somebody with power. Wide-ranging qualities come to light and refer to a leader being something of a nonconformist, someone who takes bold risks, an innovative person. He is not fearful to embark into a novel arena. Such a leader is audacious and a visionary who strikes an exceptional timbre within his supporters.
Great leaders in law enforcement care for their workforce. Police officers view those leaders as their true leaders who are selfless and caring. They look towards and turn towards those leaders who really care about them. Law enforcement leadership does not obey a rigid description.
Leadership in law enforcement is survived by those who feel the Calling. Not every leader feels the calling and not everyone answers, in reality very few rise to the challenge.
In today’s world of myths, thrill and symbolism, influenced by the mass media, political figures and mass marketing, true leaders face enormous challenges.
The essence of a leader is shaped both by physical and mental personae, astuteness, ability and disposition.
“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 Mac Arthur.)
Leaders possess a candid magnanimity for the people they lead. A sense of resoluteness encompasses their thinking, empowering them to get things done. Despite impediments, leaders mostly triumph against the odds.
Leaders are gifted with wisdom and sharp sense of perception to endure what comes with pride and humbleness.
They intuitively discern when to wage war and when to reconcile. They know that ethical and honorable procedures are the essence of headship. Hence their sense of duty makes them prefer excellence over mundane and substance over symbolism.
Leaders prefer to stand alone when others take off for their protection, and they stay put when the going gets tough, since they know that this is their test of competence and reliability.
Great leaders have dynamic disposition, a hue of magnetism that makes them unique. They can be spotted in a room full of people solely by their presence, something about them stands out. The innermost forte of their leadership flair arises from their persona. A leader is on a mission, and we can see it.
Leadership is the pinnacle of societal association, and leaders instinctively are aware of this fact. Although these majestic elevations frighten some, leaders do not mind the high altitude of social intricacy. They stand tall amidst the glories of their successes and look upwards where sky is no limit for them, working and producing at various levels. As time goes by the great leader comprehends the significance of individuals over procedures.
There comes a phase in the life of the leader when he/she becomes less uneasy with position, honor or drive. Deep concern for others and the Inner Calling takes precedent over egoistic instincts.
“ Be like the sun for grace and mercy. Be like the night to cover others’ faults. Be like running water for generosity. Be like death for rage and anger. Be like the earth for modesty. Appear as you are. Be as you appear.” (Rumi)
© Samina Iqbal. 2016