“A good leader takes a little more than his share of the blame, a little less than his share of the credit.” – Arnold H. Glasgow
Leadership is valued by many, but only fit for a few.
You can learn leadership skills, but it doesn’t automatically make you a leader.
If you’ve ever been a manager the transition from high performer to leader of others is a completely different skill set. Now it doesn’t matter how good you are at doing your job, it becomes about how well you can help others do theirs.
Although most aren’t equipped to lead others, there’s a more important type of leadership that is available to all: self-leadership.
The best leaders in any industry know their strengths and weaknesses. Leaders do more of what they’re great at and ask for help/outsource at what they’re not.
The pre-requisite for leadership is leading yourself. If you can’t do that, forget about involving anyone else.
Have you ever noticed when great leaders fall it usually points to a personal challenge they’re struggling with?
We all make mistakes and we’ll continue to do so, but hopefully along the way you grow personally and don’t repeat the same ones.
You can’t teach what you don’t have which is why we expect our leaders to show, not tell us what to do.
There’s a desire to impact and influence people because it makes us feel better about ourselves, but what we really need to do first is build the foundation at “homebase.”
Leadership is also unfairly glorified. Using the quote at the top of the page, great leaders actually deflect praise and welcome more responsibility.
True leadership isn’t full of glamour. In fact, it’s just the opposite. The best leaders have the ability to manage, even tame their egos in order to build everyone else’s around them.
Leaders have a quiet confidence about them that doesn’t need to get recognition from others.
The funny thing about leadership is if most people understood what it entailed, they would run away.
Instead of focusing on your next opportunity to lead others, look in the mirror and ask yourself how you can lead yourself better.
Do that first and you may just get the opportunity to serve others.