A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, temperate, sober-minded, of good behavior, hospitable, able to teach; (I Timothy 3:2 NKJV)

Lead yourself first. By being circumspect leaders are able to connect with their followers on three different levels; practically, emotionally and subconsciously. This gives them tremendous mobilising power over those who follow them. It makes it easy to follow them and fulfilling for those who follow them, because these people can already interact with their expectations and destination by just following the leader.

Now, to achieve this level of effectiveness in leadership, leaders must be able to lead themselves first. This is the fourth requirement of leadership; self-leadership or self-control. Leaders must be able to control their natural impulses, manage their emotions well, wield their opinions skilfully, handle themselves with finesse in the affairs of life and very importantly remember to think first. For a leader there is little value in haste, if any at all. Be spontaneous not hasty. Act fast but think first. Don’t go with the flow, choose your rhythm. Set goals and targets for yourself ahead of the group you’re leading, make personal choices that will bring you to those targets and prevail upon yourself to follow through.

Your life needs leadership and you are the one to provide it. John Maxwell is a great expert on leadership, he will tell you this, effective leaders know how to lead themselves first before leading others.
In leading, the important thing is not covering distance, the important thing is gaining ground. So today, try focusing on how much of the journey you have mastered for yourself, rather than how farther up the ladder you are compared to the people under you.

Remember this always, about self-control, it’s about knowing how to drive yourself if you were a car, knowing your buttons and how to push them for the required result. It’s about self-navigation. It’s about keeping yourself on course, in line, and on point.


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