It is the Holy Grail for most people wanting to reach the pinnacle of their chosen vocations.
From early childhood we have been told that it's not the winning or losing that counts: it's the participation.
However, time teaches us that while there are many players, in the race of life there just a few winners! And we want to be that winner! While we hear gurus and self help books tell us to enjoy the journey as much as the destination, the fact remains that we harbor inside of us the need to gain approval: approval from our parents, our professional associates and colleagues, our friends, all society in general.
In our own eyes, this approval gets heightened when we attain the all important `Leadership' role.
The huge amount of research, information and leadership training available can at times be confusing or daunting for a person wanting to acquire leadership skills.
Is Leadership a quality? Or Is it a skill? Are people born leaders? Or can a leader be developed? In attempting to find an answer to these questions, most people lose sight of the most basic fact: That the only way to be a leader is to develop the self confidence to take a risk.
It is this ability to take risks, to put your convictions to test that separates a leader from the rest.
While a lot of leadership training focuses on identifying leadership traits, the truth is not many focus on risk taking as the basic foundation of a leader.
This is because, as professionals with family, social and other commitments we want to play it safe.
A small dose of information given to us by an expert gives us the short term boost to try and pursue the leadership traits so identified.
However, in the grind of the rat race, this effect soon wears off and most people find themselves back to square one, thus rendering the entire training process ineffective.
Training needs to focus on removal of the fear that people have in decision-making and a risk taking approach can achieve this end.
It is our premise that if leadership training were to focus on risk-taking methods, case studies, analogies, examples and solutions, the participants would be more susceptible to changing and altering their decision making.
By a combination of theory and practice, the participants need to be shown that `fortune favour the brave'.
Once the participants understand this, the path to leadership will suddenly get illuminated for them.
The game changer in their lives would now be the ability to work without fear.
To speak without hesitation.
To communicate without boundaries.
To live their lives according to the plans that they had made for themselves at the outset, rather than being straws in the wind.
The self confidence so created by such leadership training will make these professionals more efficient, more productive employees and human beings.
It will bring them much closer to attaining Leadership Nirvana.