Aha! Moment Monday
What does it take to be a leader?
Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus, but a molder of consensus.” This leader is one who has the courage to boldly go where others haven’t and pave a better pathway for everyone.
Stephen Covey says, “Leadership is a choice not a position”. Stephen’s vision of a leader is one who simply steps up and takes charge.
Peter Drucker said, “Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things” so Peter’s leader identifies the ideal then acts on it.
Now, the antonym of “leader” is “follower” so we’d naturally expect that where there are leaders there have to be followers. But then Tom Peters blows that theory by suggesting “Leaders don’t create followers, they create more leaders” If that’s the case, who are all these leaders leading?
Aha! ~ In order to lead others you first need to lead yourself.
Leadership is about discipline, about education and awareness, about inspiring and aspiring and about tearing up the ground to pave a new path of positivity and advancement. Leaders ask tough questions and challenge the status quo. Leaders get comfortable being uncomfortable and know to go out on the limb because that’s where the best fruit is. Leaders are always looking for ways to expand on their talents to be of greater service. Those very talents lift others at the same time.
And if what John C. Maxwell says is true, “We teach what we know but we reproduce what we are” then you can easily self-assess to understand what that next level of service will require of you to be an expanded version of you and leading others to find theirs.
Can you imagine teaching kindergarten kids the new game called Lead the Leader?
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