BE, KNOW, DO: An Approach to Leading Change

By Ashiah Dimalutang

Leadership. One word but has a very broad meaning. It cannot be portrayed by a picture and it is not a discipline that relies on the scientific method. Moreover, it is not about the crown, it is not about fame and it is not about projecting a clear image but rather, an art of instilling in people the desire to strive together to create a better future.

Being a leader, however, is not an easy feat. Pressure. Failure. High expectations. Criticisms. All in one that many had led to depression. It was nevertheless, rejecting, strenuous and tense. That is why being a leader requires a lot of energy, toughness, resilience, and determination. Principal Consultant Margi Gordon of Leadership and Management once said, “Leadership is embedded in every one of us, but the key is to unlock our personal passion which will give us the courage to do things that appear difficult, uncertain, or even unpopular.” So, as a leader, do you have the courage of a hero to lead from the front? Do you have enough energy to beat the reality of negativity and translate your own vision into action? Well, I believe you do.

“Dansalan College is a private school with a public concern,” quoted by Mr. Dimalotang, a former collegian staff in his previous article, ‘Tatak DC’. Indeed, Dcnians are born leaders – reputable and prestigious. They were once and will always be part of the pillar and the firm upright support of the school and the society itself as it was quite evident on what Dr. Tawagon had said when asked how does she measure success on her interview last July 27. She laughed and smilingly said, “As a school, one of the evidence of success is the performance of our products–the alumni. When I was having a meeting with some national officers and ambassadors, I saw several alumni there. It is one good evidence that we are successful because can you imagine? Why were they there in that particular event? It is because they were the head of the project for the fewer privileged people—doing this and that—community and academic work—all the legal areas, they were there. Mayors, CPAs, engineers, doctors, directors, lawyers and etc. Who wouldn’t be happy for them? The products of our alma mater—hailing, ‘Ma’am alumnus ako!’…so, that’s one major success evidence,” she also added. Hence, maroon-blooded are undeniably the true legend. In this regard, however, as growing young leaders, how do we attain this eminent success? What are the attributes and the key points to consider and practice?

By all means, the experience is the best teacher. So, as a student- leader myself, it would be an honor to share these key points I’ve learned – that you must be, know, and do. Although they do not come naturally, I believe practice makes it perfect.

BE. Be a professional who possesses good character traits – honesty, competence, candor, commitment, integrity, courage, and loyalty. One must also remember to be strong as negativity will always foster and keep you down.

KNOW. Different people require different styles of leadership that’s why one must know the four factors of leadership – follower, leader, communication, and situation. As you know, all situations are different. What you do in one situation will not always work in another. So be like a chameleon, you must use your judgment to decide the best course of action and the leadership style needed for each situation. Therefore, keep healthy communication with your followers. In addition, as a leader, one must have an honest understanding of who you are – your strength and weaknesses; what you know and what you can do. And lastly, know your duties and responsibilities in the organization you are involved in.

DO. Do provide and implement direction in every goal setting, decision making, supervising, and in terms of communicating. And finally, do motivate and develop morale and esprit de corps in the organization. Share the glory with your followers’ hearts while keeping the pains within your own. No pain, no gain. To end this, for all the growing young leaders out there, I’ll pass unto you what my mentors had once said to me, “Cap, in life, expect to fall and expect others to bask in your downfall. But remember this, failure gives us meaning while success gives us purpose. So, turn the challenges you face into opportunities; consider the weakness you have as a motivation to improve and polish your strengths into your uniqueness. It is tough but it will give you a sense of resiliency.” And with this kind of mindset, In shaa Allah, you’ll finally reap what you sow.

Be the leader you would follow!

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