A leader, by definition, is someone who leads. In order to lead, a person needs followers. An example might be the coach of a football team. In order to be a good coach, he must have a vision of his team winning the championship. Then he must be able to communicate that vision to the members of his team, and he must inspire them to join in with that vision. The players must be inspired by his experience and coaching expertise. They must believe that he has the skills and the talents to help them achieve their goals. And in turn, the coach must have the skills necessary to bring out the best in his players, to work toward the common goal.
In order to be a leader, you have to have a vision of where and how you want to end up. It doesn’t matter if you are the leader of your family, your work team, your little league team, a civic organization, or a country. If you don’t have a vision, you can’t lead. If you try, it’s more of a case of the blind leading the blind.
History has many examples of leaders who had a great vision, and inspired many people to follow them. Martin Luther King, Jr., John F. Kennedy, Susan B. Anthony, Mohandas Gandhi, and many others. We have a great number of amazing contemporary leaders as well, such as Gary Vaynerchuk, John Maxwell, Stephen Covey, to name just a few.
We have a vision at Evans ATA Black Belt Academy. Our vision is to Create Tomorrow’s Leaders, One Black Belt at a Time. Our goal is to give our students the tools they need to become the Leaders of Tomorrow.
We know we can’t change the whole world, but we CAN change a small part of it. And by making those small changes, we can change the world around us. One kick, one punch, and one lesson at a time.