Authentic Leadership – Learn to Value Add

by Mark Chew

Sometimes we wonder how we should even improve ourselves. It does seem very difficult to change, especially when it seems so easy doing the things we have always been doing. However, the truth is, if we continue to do the same things over and over again, and expecting different results, we would be insane.

Now, this article would highlight the importance of value adding your life so that you would add more spice in your life.

V: Value Adding.

My Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) mentor told me that at birth, he was worth two tins of Milo (a chocolate-flavored health drink), four trays of eggs and six cans of luncheon meat (or spam). His mother didn’t want him because he was the third boy of three children. She wanted a daughter. So she wanted to sell him. When his mother shared this story to him many years later, he vowed to increase his own value by becoming a business man and a NLP trainer so that he can increase the value of others.

What about you? What is your value? Is it the 65 marks that you got for your geography paper last year? Is it the 80 marks that you got for Mathematics paper? Partly. All these results were merely your output in what you studied so hard for. Or in some of you, so little for.

Don’t fret, because these short-term results are not who you truly are. These results are a snapshot of what you can produce within two hours. It’s just one dimension of a human being – The academic dimension. You still have your physical, mental, spiritual and sociological dimension to explore.

Some of you may really love gaming. Some of you may really love sports. Some of you may really love dancing. So how? By being the best that you can ever be! How many of you all really understand what “up and on”, our school motto really means? It means that we must “Rise Up to any Occasion” and to be “On the ball” all the time! This is the mentality of authentic leaders and champions!

But by doing well in our academic dimension, we are practicing and learning discipline in everything we are doing, and will do in the future. Because how we do anything is how we do everything. If you find that you want to be the fastest winger in the rugby team, you train harder than anyone else. If you find that you want to do well in your papers, you study smarter by focusing on what you don’t understand, and asking the teachers.

So be the thermostat instead of being the thermometer. A thermometer merely measures the temperature of the surroundings. In other words, you follow the crowd. If you are a thermostat, you set the temperature in the room or region. In other words, you innovate, and people follow you.

I have the opportunity to spend large segments of time in airports because I travel frequently. I always see people rushing from point A to point B. I find it incredible that so many people devote their whole lives to other fields of endeavour that others tasked them to do, and yet not to their own natural talent and gifts within them. They simply need to know that they have this talents that can be shared.

After all, what is the use of salt if it no longer salty? What is the use of a light bulb, if you cover it with a dark cloth?

Be the unique person that you are meant to be.

Therefore as authentic leaders, add your own value by constantly expanding your knowledge so that you become consistently good in what you do.

Chew Mark has over two decades of leadership management experience under his cap as a sports team captain, sports team manager and the greatest privilege to lead the finest men in the military as an commissioned officer. He is now a business developer and coach in Leadership Management and Human Resource. He is also the author of the book, “Discover Your Leadership Style”.

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