15 Jan 2019
3 Min Read
Suddenly you are a leader!
15 Jan 2019
3 Min Read
I saw Sadia walk into a pitch training session to make her pitch for assessment where I and 2 others were judging and training. She was about 35 then, wrapped in her traditional Somali guntiino. I wondered what amount of courage would make a lady from a community where women are largely deemed second to men come up with an innovation and pursue it so passionately.
The biggest question that came to mind after her pitch was, does she know she must lead hundreds of women in the future if her project is taken on? In a community where men would discourage their wives to participate in ventures and especially since she would probably be seen as one who is distracting them from family commitments?
I also wondered, just how many of us who stand out, seek to be excellent and are pushed into leadership? Or stumble into it through our business ventures and innovations?
What am I saying? Sometimes leadership chooses you. Which is different from promotion to leadership. Like Sadia, you came up with a great idea, implemented it and now you are wondering if you have what it takes to lead. It is like it caught you off guard yet most of the time you knew it would be something that demands you lead. You probably freak out, are unsure and considering stopping your venture or give the responsibility to someone else but no one knows your vision like you do. Like Mike Tyson said “Everybody has a plan, Until they get punched in the face” This sudden leadership can be one of the heaviest punches one can get.
So what should you do when you are captain of the ship and you were unprepared?
What are the steps I have to take? Why those steps? How can I take my team past these steps? How can I enable them?. So break down your goal and create your process map to your goals. You will get there.
Countless innovators have found themselves with teams to lead and it does not have to painful. The fact that you got to lead might just me fate placing you in destiny’s path. If you suddenly found yourself in this position please write to me. Benson@ihub.co.ke I would love to share your experience with the iHub community.
I leave you with an ancient African saying. “When there is no enemy within, The enemy outside, can do us no harm” So go on and believe in yourself.