What every leader can’t avoid

Jonah Nyoni

SUCCESSFUL leaders are not the ones without problems, but the ones who know how to handle and capitalise from problems.

Leadership like any other sport can be very exciting yet it has its blind corners. These blind corners if they are not properly managed can tear a leader apart. It can start as a crack which can eventually mature into a canyon.

This could either leave the leader drained in fatigue, disrespected because of unmanaged character traits or drenched by a bad image. Here are seven things that every leader can’t avoid:

  • Deceptions
    One thing that every leader should look out for is deception. More and more voices speaker to a leader or more images are dangled in front of a leader’s eyes as bait. These are not necessarily good as they appear at face value. A working example is to accept a bribe from people that want to buy favors of your influence. The bribe tastes really good, but you have sold out your influence and authority.
  • Distractions
    There are situations which come as an emergency, but they are not that important. These come just to take away your attention from the real issue, and in this case from your leadership destiny, but they are mere distractions.
    The clergy has been in the media for such reasons. As a leader myself, I have realised that I have more access to a lot of things than other people, but I choose not to indulge myself into those because they are distractions that could destruct my leadership career.
  • Discouragements
    A leader is someone who should be able to see into the future where others have not seen yet and convince the followers towards that future goal.
    At times the leader should take a risk and swim against the tide of opposition and criticism. But in trying to do all that, traditional minds used to the norm will discourage you with their previous experiences and their fears of failure.
    Discouragements come because of different reasons and these include: fear, people who stick to set norms, people who do not want change and people who do not want you to see succeed.
    In all that, the leaders should boldly know that a leader is does not only walk in old paths, but also paves new paths for the next generations to walk through!
  • Distortions
    Because leaders are always on the spot light, they are bound to be misinterpreted. Information, relationships and even mere actions about them can be misread. It’s not up to the leader to explain themselves to every person. Stay cool, calm and collected, as some people would say, and let your actions speak the most.
    People will always have their own view of who you are and they are also wondering what you are thinking about then.
    Herbert Swope once said: “I cannot give you a formula for success, but I can give you a formula for failure, which is: Try to please everybody”.
  • Demands
    The best way to refill and refuel your drive and determination is to have enough rest and a relaxed mindset. Things demanding the leader’s attention can be so much but it’s not to the leader to answer to every demand.
    In reality, the main job of the leaders is to think, model what he thinks and mentor relevant people to work the dream. Simply he learns to design a prototype and if that is done he delegates to others to multiply his designs.
  • Detours
    Detours in our way in the leadership journey are not necessarily bad. Two lessons that need to be derived from detours.
    Firstly, detours are not meant to be permanent. They are a temporary measure to success as you readjust your priorities. Secondly, detours help a leader avoid ditches in front. Avoiding the usual route of the modus operadi does not mean you have lost track, but you are using a different path to attain the same or even better results.

Parting point: Peter Drucker says: “Leadership is lifting a person’s vision to high sights, the raising of a persons’ performance to a higher standard, the building of a personality beyond its normal limitations”.
That takes effort and at times against all odds!

Jonah Nyoni is an author, success coach and motivational speaker.Tel: 0772 581 918. Email: successlife@classicmail.co.za
Web: www.jonahnyoni.wordpress.com


  1. Thanks Jonah your great article. I am your follower and I love you motivation. As an HR Manager I have benefited greatly.

  2. Oh my Oh my..I am greatly inspired by this article. Some very powerful word of advice there Jonah Nyoni.
    I agree with you a 100%, its how u handle the problems and captilise on them indeed. Great stuff and a good reminder to leaders. Thank You.

  3. Very enlightening Mr Jonah Nyoni. you really have a way of spurring us to a successful life. Keep up the great work.

  4. Powerful words Jonah am inspired, thanks to the 7Ds . We really need more staff on leadership from you…..

  5. wow…this is what we have been waiting for all this time.thank you Nyoni.you have made leadership so eazy to understand.u the man

  6. Great information for leaders. Inspired. If only the leaders of today adhered we would have very successful companies.

  7. If today;s leaders had the same mind as in your concept, it would be a different world filled of productivity. Great stuff..

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