What Does Leadership means to me? Kiechelle Degale
Leadership conjures up a wide variety of emotions and descriptions mixed in with people’s own values and beliefs.
In this world of ever-growing awareness and increased enlightenment we are warming to the idea that Leadership is far more than a set of qualities or a person in a power role, rather it’s an attitude and the ability to influence.
I believe that we each have the ability to learn to become phenomenal leaders. Not necessarily to lead a conglomerate but to lead our own lives to happiness and fulfilment.
Have you ever met someone, maybe in a low paid job, possibly doing manual labour of some kind and feel in awe of their inspirational life? Think about someone who works in a kitchen, a car park or someone who works in a maintenance role. Someone with a great attitude who loves what they do, even singing as they work and can be the light others navigate to. And then realise they are someone others trust, someone others confide in, someone others go to because that person make them feel uplifted. It’s the unspoken truth but that’s a Leader.
I once read somewhere that ‘How you do anything is how you do everything,’ and I love this quote. So it doesn’t matter if you lead one person or 1000, the qualities you embody for great Leadership are the same.
Leadership for me is all about the ability to influence, sometimes one life at a time.
A mother who can influence her teenager is a Leader.
A young person who turns away from committing a crime whilst his friends plough ahead is a Leader.
A manager who willingly gets the team to come on board is a Leader.
A CEO who can instil trust is a Leader.
To get others to follow you takes trust. Trust can only be nurtured by respect and genuine care shown to others. When others know you really care, that’s when ‘they’ really care.
To become a person others can trust means living a life that’s authentic. Leadership is accessible and available to everyone and not just the highflyers. It’s the awakening to one’s own personal power regardless of one’s position in life. Leading with love is the new way.
My own leadership journey came to my awareness when I began to be aware of my own ‘light’ and how I impacted others.
I have always felt such deep empathy for the pain of other people. Seeing hardship, struggle and the determination to overcome in others was something that was close to my own heart. But the peaks and valleys were equally important, equally cherished and I grew from all my experiences. In witnessing so many struggles with self-confidence, self-belief and general soft skills I have dedicated my life to this. I run a training company and speak on issues around ‘The importance of Self Confidence & how to Lead with it’ as well as creating and developing training courses for the private and public sector.
In witnessing so many struggles with self-confidence, self-belief and general soft skills I have dedicated my life to this. I run a training company and speak on issues around ‘The importance of Self Confidence & how to Lead with it’ as well as creating and developing training courses for the private and public sector.
For many years, sometimes on a daily basis I have been told that ‘I inspire’ others. I have always made it a point, to try to show people something wonderful about themselves even if they struggle to see it at first. In doing this it became easier and easier to spend time even with what others will consider to be difficult people, yet I can quickly help them to pull forward a sometimes buried quality of ‘goodness’.
My insane desire to see others blossom and grow meant that my path was decided decades ago. I knew it. I felt it. I am a change agent. Here’s to create positive and powerful changes for a fulfilling life.
Kiechelle Degale is an innovative motivational speaker, youth trainer and social enterprise leader with close to two decades of experience in working with learners and adults in an educational setting. @kiechelle