As a professional speaker, I have spent a lot of time in my working life delivering keynote addresses in different cities of Bangladesh and shared the #ILead thought among participants. An empowering question that I always ask in the beginning is “Why do you need someone else if you can lead yourself?” The imaginary leadership personnel that you seek and expect to lead you – what if that person is you? If it’s your dream, your vision, and your destiny, start believing that you can develop the talent and skills to lead yourself. You don’t need someone else to lead you. All you need is to believe in your potential and make the best use of it. It might just be translated into the statement that you need to stop expecting that others will make changes in your life. The concept of #ILead is to take responsibility for yourself and set remarkable examples. They will say, “It’s not your cup of tea. You don’t have any experience in leading people or managing a team”. I would say, “If you have the right character, commitment, competence, and courage, then why not lead yourself?” In the same light, Mahatma Gandhi said, “Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” Let’s focus on some areas where we can initiate the change to grow and do things differently.

The ILead mindset is the profound self-influence and the energy to create an enlightened way forward. This mindset circumscribes dedication, unbound enthusiasm and extreme passion which inspire others. Our thoughts are fundamentally insignificant unless we activate them with dedication and become consistently constant! A healthy mindset and a set of actions exhibit the unleashing potential of a professional. The moment you can passionately say, “This is what I want, and I will get there with my maximum effort,” you will feel the energy inside. All the great leaders and outstanding personalities have this leading mindset. You may observe in any community or professional forum; there is always someone who takes the lead to direct the conversation or the flow of a discussion. See, it’s not about the habitual responses which were demonstrated in those cases rather the mindset which drives the habit to take the lead.


They say that to get the best from life, you need to stay completely mindful at all times. I say if you are mindful with a wrong plan, you can never expect the right result. Consider how much time you spend making a plan regarding your career, family issues or even professional growth. Ordinary minds will always want to go with the flow; whereas, the extraordinary minds will concentrate on effective planning and have alternatives prepared. If you wish to be the legendary mind, you would want to invest at least 30% of your time towards an impactful plan. When you can confidently say, “I lead my life’s plan” or “I lead my professional plan,” you are finally taking responsibility.

Let’s become the CEO of our lives! Seeing yourself as the CEO of your life can create a radical move in the way you perceive this beautiful world. Yes, dear reader: you can lead your life from anywhere and from any position. It doesn’t matter whether you are a singer, writer, banker or even a scientist. If you want to be the game-changer of your industry, you need to take responsibility first and lean forward to serve humanity. Both you and I know that there are lots of definitions of leadership and management. I say leadership is how you are thinking, and believing what you are doing and what positive impacts you are creating from your position. You don’t necessarily need to have high positional equity to demonstrate leadership traits.

Keep in mind that – “Attitude is a choice and your attitude always determines your actions”. We sometimes hear the lines – “It’s not my mistake/I am not responsible for this” or “this fault took place due to someone else’s negligence”. These lines might seem familiar as they are quite commonly thrown around, especially in the corporate sector. The ILead attitude is all about taking ownership and responsibility. You should remember that it will always increase your credibility when you say “it’s my mistake and I will solve it” or “I am responsible for this failure and I will lead it to success”. The ILead attitude is all about demonstrating confidence, positive energy and the can-do attitude.

American motivational speaker and author, Zig Zagler once said, “People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.” See, the more you motivate yourself towards your destiny, the closer you get to your vision. And it’s not about a day or a month – it’s about all the times when you are driving yourself. Self-motivation is the force that shapes your life. Yes, of course there will be both pain and pleasure in life – but intelligent is he who knows how to utilize the pain and pleasure towards the purpose. Do note that the word “utilize” has special emphasis! Most of us are controlled by surroundings and stipulated patterns of life. If you have ILead self-motivation inside you, then you will control the surroundings. None of the external forces can interrupt your mind if you sharpen and motivate your soul every day.
American academician and poet, Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “Every man is an impossibility until he is born.” As you made it possible, live every moment of it. Do not lead your life by someone else’s direction. Be the person who you want to be. Be the Superman in your industry. Be the Wonder Woman in your area of work. Lead your life to prosperty.

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