The LORD said to Moses, "Gather before me seventy men who are recognized as elders and leaders of Israel. Bring them to the Tabernacle to stand there with you. - Numbers 11:16

For leadership to translate to influence, it should significantly be people focused. Brian Tracy sees leadership as a people business. His understanding is predicated on the need to keep people on the leadership radar. This correlates with the view that leadership shouldn't be self-centered. According to John Maxwell, a leader is deemed to be taking a walk and not leading if the people are not following. Hence, no leader succeeds by being a Lone Ranger. Going the leadership walk without getting a committed people in tow is an unfruitful journey. Moses was made to get a hang of this when God instructed him to appoint seventy elders of Israel to team up with him in the mission to lead the children of Israel to the Promise Land. The insight this portrays is that playing the inclusion card encourages team PARTICIPATION. And when a leader pulls together with a team of committed minds, the vision cast by the leader will of course see the light of day.

It also bears mentioning that a leader who plays the inclusion card generates and encourages the ANTICIPATION of more opportunities from his followers. Ambitious team players who are keen about getting a foothold in a knowledge area often look forward for opportunities to advance their competencies. The converse of this occurs when a team player is left out in the cold by a leader, who prefers to go every task alone. There is nothing to anticipate from a leader who is in the habit of keeping his team on the sidelines while he singlehandedly pursues tasks that require the college of his team. Jesus encouraged His disciples to anticipate the outpour of the Holy Spirit because He wanted them to do greater works. If your team would advance their competencies, you need to keep playing the inclusion card. Turning the cold shoulder on your team, in a bid to take all the credit for your success is preparing for failure.

How else can a leader set the stage for the PREPARATION of his team for excellence without playing the inclusion card? So aside from creating an anticipation for multiple exploits, playing the inclusion is one of the keys for preparing a team for excellence. John Maxwell wrote, "To help people believe they can achieve victory, put them in a position to experience small successes." Hence, a leader's failure to play the inclusion card stifles initiative, creativity and the synergy of teamworking. The earlier you begin to play the inclusion card, pulling your team off the sidelines and inspiring them to run with assigned tasks, with minimal supervision, the better your team and leadership becomes. The more you play the inclusion card, the faster you get your team on autopilot to steer the wheel of progress for collective success.

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Abayomi Aina
Abayomi (ACA, CFE, PGDip Theology) is an inspired prolific writer, instructor and gospel artiste. He is divinely endowed to inspire the world towards purposeful living, leadership spirit, goal pursuit, academic excellence and leading a Christian life.


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