The Crook And The Flail: 5 Lessons From Ancient Kemet That Will Make You A More Powerful Black Leader

5. Black Leaders Feed The People Before They Lead The People

Real leadership is not given, it is earned. And you are only able to earn the honor of being a leader by being of value to others.

At the beginning of this article, the symbol of the crook and the flail are used to demonstrate the first priorities of any leader. That priority is feeding the people and guiding them to greener pastures.

But what does it mean to ‘feed the people’?

Feed the people knowledge and they will follow you.
Feed the people inspiration and they will follow you.
Feed the people with resources and they will follow you.
Feed the people with solutions to their hunger and they will follow you.

What you feed the people differs based on your chosen field of service. Entertainers can feed the people inspiration and – in cases like Professor Griff and Killer Mike – education, thus becoming leaders in their field. Entrepreneurs feed their followers with solutions to problems. Educators provide knowledge that help their students fulfill their highest purpose in life.

No matter what the area of life that you are called to lead, you must have something of value to give to your followers.

Here are the 5 rules once again:

1. Black Leaders Surround Themselves With People of Great Stature
2. Black Leaders Dont Just Learn – They Do
3. Black Leaders Build For Legacy
4. Black Leaders Understand The Power of the Medu Neter
5. Black Leaders Feed The People Before They Lead The People

Copy, paste, and commit these rules to memory to become the leader you were meant to be.

Written by Asad Malik

Asad is the Executive Officer of The Pan-African Alliance, and the Founder of United Black America.

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