“Where there is cake, there is hope. And there is always cake.”
– Dean Koontz
Have you ever baked a cake? That’s how leadership is. There are ingredients that go into cake that on their own don’t taste good – flour, baking powder, raw eggs – but when blended together with other ingredients such as chocolate, sugar and milk, it begins to taste wonderful. If cake had feelings, the baking process itself wouldn’t be very fun either – the beating of the ingredients, being placed in a hot oven, and getting poked with a toothpick – oh but the end result!
A perfectly baked cake fills the room with a sweet aroma, and people delight in its flavor. If you eat just the right amount of cake, you are left satisfied yet still desire a little more. If you bake superb cakes, people will always hope that you’re the one to bring the cake to events. This is exactly how leadership is and why Ford Taylor from Transformational Leadership Training and Business Consulting calls it “Leadership Cake”.
To become a transformational leader, you will have to learn which ingredients, tools, and recipe make the best leadership cake. Many of these ingredients may not taste very good, but combined with others, it will end in a delicious combo that has people desiring more. The process of becoming a transformational leader isn’t always fun, much like the process of ingredients turning into cake through mixing, baking, and poking – but when done correctly, your leadership will fill the room with a sweet aroma, and people will delight in your ability.
We are going to discuss the recipe to become a transformational leader – within this recipe is a list of the ingredients, tools, and behaviors that will be used. Throughout this process you will be blending these different ingredients together, cooking them, and poking them a little – when it’s done, the result should be so sweet that everyone will want more.
As you prepare to become a transformational leader, take a moment to write down the names of people you have influence with. These are people in your home and family, people you do business with, people in your social circles, at church, or in the education, or government, or entertainment arenas. Remember, influence is leadership. You’ll need this list later as you learn the ingredients required in a leadership cake.
What ingredients do you think are required in a Leadership Cake?
What ingredients do you think are missing in YOUR Leadership Cake?
“For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.”
– Hebrews 12:11 (ESV)