Was Witney a Leader? Are You?

Was Witney a Leader? Are You?

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I love the music of Witney, and now that she has passed away I have to ask myself why famous, wonderful  and talented people often die young. Let’s face it, why don’t know, and although in many cases we can hazard a guess, the reality is that we will never really be able to answer this question.

Yes, Whitney had a troubled past. But – and here’s the important bit – to look at her beauty and success you would never know it. She was a leader in her field. Why? Because she made a difference.

Are you a leader?

Today I found a really great video on You Tube – it was about leadership. It asked the question why people do not believe they are leaders. It re-defined leadership to be ‘someone who made a difference’. It spoke of ‘Lollipop moments’ – a moment when someone said or did something that fundamentally made your life better.

One of the key things to remember is that we all have such moments. Have you ever told the person that gave you your Lollipop Moment what they did for you? Why not? Did you let your Little Voice believe it was a silly thing to do? Often a leader is someone who has been told about the difference they have made to someone else. We are scared that we are so powerful.

The business case

Do you think that in business this matters? You will find that any successful business has done this. Let’s look at Witney. Is there a song of hers that you remember because it touched you or because something happened in your life when it was around? Or one of her films?

It’s not a fantasy. It’s a fact that for some companies they simply do not have any leaders. They do not provide ‘Lollipop Moments!’

If you want to build your business and increase your income you must be a leader. So why don’t we admit it?

How can a business provide a ‘Lollipop Moment?’

  • Lead – in some way in your community, city, country lead in what you are doing or how you are doing it. Be different and make sure that you tell everyone about it. If Witney had not led – you would not have seen her on TV.
  • Always go big – If you are going to do something do it well and do it as big as you can. If Witney had not gone big you would not have heard about her.
  • Believe in yourself – make sure that you believe in what you are doing and understand what it is that you are providing by way of a lollipop moment! Make some one else’s life bigger and better by believing in yourself and telling others. If Witney had not believed in herself she would not have dared to go on stage.

According to the roulette wheel of leadership everyone will at some point have to lead. When your turn comes take it and do it as well as you can. Don’t let your ‘Little Voice’ get in the way and tell you “you can’t lead,” or “don’t be so daft you can’t do that.” Witney went out and sang as loud as she could.

You can too in your field if you can take your idea and not be afraid to go BIG – your success will be greater than the person who is too afraid to spend the time or the money making the idea well known.  I’ve noticed that restaurants that put everything into the decor, food and ambience are generally more popular than the small cafes. They make more money, have more customers and attract better staff. That’s the difference when you go big.

Many of us have trouble believing in ourselves and often we let the ‘war between our ears’ get in the way. Why are you wasting your time arguing with yourself? If you don’t get out there and try it, and work hard at it, then success will not turn up at your doorstep and that leadership role will stay out of reach.

It’ the Little Voice that holds you back.  To find out more about this go to http://salespartnerscapetown.co.za/little-voice-mastery/ and find out what you can do.

Lorna Powe
Lorna Powe has worked as an executive level business professional for over 15 years. She is experienced in leading business and technology change to ultimately meet strategies, and improve business performance. She is the Founder of SalesPartners RoseBankTM, a global sales and business development company that helps entrepreneurs and organisations increase sales and leadership, improve profitability, and build championship teams. Visit the Sales Partners Rosebank website for more information