“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” – John Quincy Adams
Some people want to lead because they believe they deserve to lead. Others lead by showing other the way, by having a compelling vision and reason for others to follow. Leadership is an attitude. Leadership is being confident without being arrogant.
You may have seen those leaders that are using brute force to lead. The followers make sure they are going in a different direction when they see the brute force leader. Leadership by title or position isn’t leadership of itself it takes more and requires more.
People who want to grow into leadership positions must constantly be developing their attitudes, skills and evaluating their own growth.
1. Developing an attitude to lead is in part developing an attitude of humility so that you can serve others in their own development. People readily engage with those who are willing to help improve their abilities and potential for the future.
2. Honing your personal leadership skills by continual learning and experience. Moving up in an organization may be improved by showing that you can lead. This might mean finding organizations or areas that you can demonstrate your leadership. It might mean volunteering for leadership positions so that you can tune and grow your leadership skills.
3. Reflection and looking back at the lessons learned is something that allows the potential leader to see what can be improved. The leadership experience is enhanced when the developing leader can recognize areas for improvement and then to take responsibility for making personal change.
How many times have you seen or read about a leader who did not take responsibility for their outcomes. In recent weeks one recognized leader has not admitted their own failings and is paying the price in losing stature among his followers. Leadership means taking responsibility for both the good and the bad and owning the outcome.
It is easy for those who aren’t strong leaders to push that responsibility to someone else, to other things. The lesson is this, shape your attitude and take responsibility, continue to grow and develop and to look at the leadership lessons you’ve experienced and change what needs to be changed.
What does your attitude say about your leadership, take a look,