A Failure In Leadership?
When an individual or a group, or even a community fails to achieve worthwhile goals, there are usually many factors, but one factor stands out above all others: this is a failure in leadership.
Either the individual has failed to lead himself forward, or the group or community has failed to select the right leader to guarantee its survival.
History is full of bad leaders – Hitler, Napoleon are famous examples, yet even at the level of a whanau a failure to set and achieve worthwhile goals and manage the attainment of them can mean disaster.
Recipe For Disaster
It's often considered that 'leadership' is a somewhat mysterious quality – you either have it or you don't – however, a brief examination of successful leaders shows that a leader must have and know his tools – that simply 'wanting to be boss' or 'being voted boss' is no guarantee of making it.
Leadership includes the will to lead, but also the skill and ability to organise, plan, set goals, manage activities, assign duties, define tasks and monitor the results.
Lack of these skills results in disaster. Violation of the basic principles that govern these skills also results in disaster. You could say that the will to lead without the knowledge of HOW to lead is a recipe for failure.
Can these skills be learned? Can these basic principles that govern success, whether of an individual or a group, be understood and applied? Have they ever been formulated and if so where could you find them? But let’s not get ahead of ourselves.
Where Does Effective Leadership Start?
True, effective, and successful leadership takes more than a loud voice and an over-bearing manner. It begins with the recognition that the character of the leader is a vital ingredient and that that character must include the willingness and ability to LEARN.
This is what we seek to do...
One tool which Leadership Aotearoa uses to help educate existing and future leaders is the book entitled The Way To Happiness.
This exists in Bilingual version of Maori and English as you can see here:
Watch these dozen one minute videos
to get a taste of the simple, powerful messages
The Way To Happiness contains.
What you observe is what you observe. Look at things and life and others directly, not through any cloud of prejudice, curtain of fear or the interpretation of another.
Instead of arguing with others, get them to look. The most flagrant lies can be punctured, the greatest pretenses can be exposed, the most intricate puzzles can resolve, the most remarkable revelations can occur simply by gently insisting that someone look.
When another finds things almost too confusing and difficult to bear, when his or her wits are going around and around, get the person to just stand back and look.
What they find is usually very obvious when they see it. Then they can go on and handle things. But if they don’t see it themselves, observe it for themselves, it may have little reality for them and all the directives and orders and punishment in the world will not resolve their muddle.
One can indicate what direction to look and suggest that they do look: the conclusions are up to them.
A child or adult sees what he himself sees and that is reality for him.
True competence is based on one’s own ability to observe. With that as reality, only then can one be deft and sure.
Ko nga mea i maataki i a koe, ko nga mea e maataki i a koe. Me titiro tootika ki nga mea, ki to oranga me etahi atu tangata, engari kaua ma te kapua o te kooaro, te kaatini o te mataku, me nga whakatiitaha o etahi atu.
Kaua e kowhetewhete ki etahi atu, engari tonoa kia ratou ki te tirohia. Ka pakaru nga teka mohio-whaanui, ka whakaaturia nga kare-a-roto nui huna, ka whakamaarama ko nga muna maanganga, a he nui nga matakitenga i puta mai, na te tonoa ki tetahi, me titiro.
Ina ka rangirua haere tetahi, a he taumaha ona mahi, ina ka haerere ona atamai, tonoa ki taua tangata ki te tu me te titiro. Ko nga mea i rapu i a ratou, e tiahoaho kia ratou. A, ka taea e ratou ki te tutuki a raatou mahi. Engari ina kore ratou e taea te mataki ma ratou ano, kaore i taua mea he mea tuuturu ma ratou, anaa, ahakoa nga tonotono me nga whakawhiu katoa o te ao, kaore ta ratou raru i whakatika.
E taea tetahi ki te tohu, ko tehea ara ma ratou ki te tirohia, a me korero kia ratou ki te titiro: engari ma ratou, a ratou ake whakaaro mutunga.
Ka kite te tamaiti, te tangata hoki, nga mea i kite i a ia, a koina nga mea tuuturu moona.
Ko te maiatanga tuturu e whirinaki ana ki te pukenga o te maataki. Ma taua tuuturutanga, e taea te tangata ki te maarama tere, maarama tika ai.
|(Quotations above and below from Way To Happiness by L. Ron Hubbard)|
Has there ever been an instance when another had some false data about you? Did it cause you trouble?
This can give you some idea of the havoc false data can
You could also have some false data about another. Separating the false from the true brings about understanding.
There is a lot of false data around. Evil-intentioned individuals manufacture it to serve their own purposes. Some of it comes from just plain ignorance of the facts. It can block the acceptance of true data.
The main process of learning consists of inspecting the available data, selecting the true from the false, the important from the unimportant and arriving thereby at conclusions one makes and can apply. If one does this, one is well on the way to being competent.
I mohio koe mo tetahi wa i whai mohiotanga teka, tetahitangata mou? I rarua koe me taua mohiotanga?
Mai aua aahuatanga ka kite e koe nga kino i hanga na te mohiotanga teka.
He mohiotanga teka taau mo tetahi atu tangata hoki, pea.
Ina ka whakawete te tangata i te teka atu i te pono ka puta ko te maaramatanga.
He maha nga mohiotanga kino. I hangaia aua mohiotanga kino, na nga tangata e pirangi-kino ana hei awhina i a raatou ake kaupapa. Ko etahi mohiotanga teka i puta ma i te kuaretanga. Ka karo aua mohiotanga i te whakarongo ki nga mohiotanga pono.
Ko te rautaki matua o te whakaako ko te tirohia i nga mohiotanga e kite i a koe, te whiriwhiri i te pono atu i te teka, nga mea hirahira atu i nga mea e kore e hirahira, a, na wai ra ka tae te tangata ki ona ake whakaarotanga e taea e ia te whakamahi. Ina ka mahi pera ai te tangata ka taea e ia ki te tu maaia.
The first moral code based wholly on common sense, originally published in 1981, its purpose is to help arrest the current moral decline in society and restore integrity and trust to humankind. The Way to Happiness further holds a Guinness Record as the world’s single most translated non-religious book in the world.
Written by L. Ron Hubbard, it fills the moral vacuum in an increasingly materialistic society, containing 21 basic principles that guide one to a better quality of life.
This code of conduct can be followed by anyone, of any race, color or creed and works to restore the bonds that unite humankind.
But the real power of the book is realized when it is distributed to others, hand to hand. Since the actions of those around you can affect your life, you are improving your own survival when you present copies of The Way to Happiness to friends, associates, employees and customers. In this way, you help others survive better and lead happier lives. They, in turn, pass copies of the book to those whose lives they influence, encouraging others to treat their fellows with kindness, compassion and respect.
And so it goes, moving from person to person, helping others to live better lives.
“The Bottom Line”
We are all leaders.
Some of us lead ourselves and some of us lead others.
The ‘Bottom Line’ is that we each can do something
to help Aoteoroa to flourish and prosper.
The Way to Happiness is a tool we can use to make that happen.
Give this your support.
See the video page for additional tools from the Hubbard® Management System used by Leadership Aotearoa in educating leaders.
This may be the first nonreligious moral code based wholly on common sense. It was written by L. Ron Hubbard as an individual work and is not part of any religious doctrine. Any reprinting or individual distribution of it does not infer connection with or sponsorship of any religious organization. It is therefore admissible for government departments and employees to distribute it as a nonreligious activity. (Reprinting can be arranged with The Way To Happiness Foundation International.)
Quoted material by L. Ron Hubbard: © 1981 L. Ron Hubbard Library. Grateful acknowledgement is made to L. Ron Hubbard Library for permission to reproduce selections from the copyrighted works of L. Ron Hubbard.