The 8th Habit Leadership- Finding Your Voice and Helping Others to Find
Updated: Jan 23
‘The 8th Habits: From Effectiveness to Greatness ‘by Steven Covey explains that true leadership is about finding your voice and inspiring others to find theirs.
To me, finding your voice is all about self-discovery and mastery. Only when you understand yourself- your talents, strengths, weakness, and become ‘comfortable in your skin’ (with who you are) can you successfully lead other- helping them find their own voice.
The world is full of so many despondent people today; with great longing to find their voice or their ‘unique personal significance’. They long to discover their natural gifts and strength; pin point the things that naturally energize and motivates them; identify a need which the world will pay them for and live a principle driven life. The person, who has achieved these, becomes a voice of influence.
For so long, the choice of leaders has been based on mental intelligence (IQ) – the quickness of mental comprehension, but that has proved to be in adequate. Nowadays we talk of Emotional Intelligence (EQ), which is self-awareness, self-management, social awareness and relationship management (the ability to inspire, influence, and develop others). A research on leadership and impact of Emotional Intelligence discovered that managers who do not develop their emotional intelligence have difficulty in building good relationships with peers, subordinates, superiors and clients. Emotional Intelligence is all about finding your voice and it’s an inside-out process.
Much of the 8th Habit stems from the idea of taking the road less traveled by, which is something that you should all know by now is very near and dear to me. One and all should take the road less traveled in some way or another because no one has the same vision and plan for their life, therefore everyone’s road should be one that others have not traveled. If you aren’t taking this road then you are most likely trying to live someone else’s dream.
Finding your voice has a profound effect on your leadership style and working with others. Leadership is giving people the vision and drive to complete a goal. The problem with most organizations is that they are under-led and over-managed. Remember that things are managed and controlled, but people are led and empowered. It is a common misconception that there are only a few people in this world who are the leaders and the rest are to be led.
When you think about it, leadership is more of a state of mind than anything else. You should always be leading others while also being led. At any point in your life you have the power to be a leader; to take initiative. If nothing else, you are the leader of your own life. Could you think of a more important role or position than being the leader of you and your destiny? It really does not get any more executive than that, remember that it is you who has the power to control your life and your circumstances, but you must also always remember that others have this same power over themselves as well. That is the whole idea of finding your voice and inspiring others to find theirs. It is here where you find greatness.
“Always try to operate outside of your comfort zone.” It is so easy to be overcome by comfort and it can be the most infectious object for your success. Don’t get me wrong, it is very difficult to get yourself to operate outside of this zone. So, few people do it, and its where all real achievement occurs. It is the reason why so many people’s dreams remain just that.
Every human being has been given access to two roads. One leads to greatness and fulfilment, helping you find your voice and inspiring others to find theirs; the other is a well-travelled road that leads to mediocrity. On that road, the travelers lose their voices and suppress others from finding and using their voice…make a wise choice!