Humans are driven by the relentless pursuit of more.
The relentless pursuit of more. Seven continents with over seven billion people with each of us an original – No single fingerprint is the same with another. What do we all have in common apart from the red fluid that runs through our veins? What is that one thing that we all irrespective of our creed and culture have an instinct for? These questions hit at the very heart of the human existence and our extensive history spanning thousands of years. The answer is a simple idea: We humans are driven by the relentlessness pursuit of more. In this installment, I will be demystifying the concepts of Productivity and Leadership as keys to unlocking the potential of individuals, organisations and nations.
To produce is to be in favour of the leader or simply put, to become the leader.
Productivity 101. To understand productivity, it is expedient for us to demystify it. Productivity is a noun. Its verb is Produce. The word Produce is a compound word consisting of two words (PRO and DUCE). The word PRO (of latin origin) means “To be in favour of” and the word DUCE (root word is Dux in latin) means “The Leader”. Therefore, the word PRODUCE = To be in favour of the leader or simply put, to become the leader. Now that we have established firmly what productivity really means, the next challenge is to define who a leader is. Who then is a leader?
The job of a leader is to lead; to bring out, to bring forth what is within (the potential!).
Leadership 101. Leadership is a noun. Its verb is Lead. The word “Lead” unlike “Produce” is a slightly difficult one to define but nevertheless can be demystified. It turns out that the word Lead has as its root meaning Ducere (latin). Ducere is a slightly knotty word to unpack (my research pointed to the fact that this is somewhat lost in translation) but again, there is an interesting way to arrive at the meaning of this word. This will be done as it is often done by examining the contextual use of the word Ducere. The word “introduce” comes from from the Latin, Intro Ducere, meaning “to guide into”. Further research threw up other similar contextual use as in the case of Educare (latin root word for education) which means to “bring up,” which is related to Educere which means to “bring out, to bring forth what is within, bring out potential”.
The purpose of a leader is to understand the way potentials work; his own potential and that of the people he seeks to lead. This is the challenge.
The Challenge. It should be quite clear from the forgoing that leadership transcends titles and positions. It should also be clear that productivity is a function of leadership. The purpose of a leader is to understand the way potentials work; his own potential and that of the people he seeks to lead. This is the challenge. For a leader to bring out and bring forth from within his own potentials and that of the people that he leads, it is expedient for the leader to truly understand his own affinities and those of the people he intends to lead. In the next installment, I will outline how leaders can help to identify and unlock their own potential and that of their organisations and nations.