Not from someone or somewhere else!
Leadership is a term that commands a certain respect. When I typically think of the great leadership, I often look at great leaders as just being predestined or that God had given them gifts that the average person just didn’t get. Not True!
The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality. The last is to say thank you. In between, the leader is a servant. —Max DePree
That’s just a perception, and as you know with most perceptions — they’re wrong. The truth is, anyone can develop the skills and the attitude it takes to become a great leader, you just have to recognize it in yourself and take the right steps to make it happen.
Here are 4 easy steps that you can take today to become the leader you wish to be.
- Develop Influence – Leadership is essentially about influence. Effective leadership is about the effect that you have on someone else and what you can do to make the greatest impact. You may be saying to yourself that you don’t influence anyone, but the reality is — you do! Just by working with others, you have a direct influence on their lives and attitudes. This doesn’t just go for anyone that works below you but anyone that works above you as well. Even if you still don’t believe you have influence on others, you still have the ability to influence yourself and that’s where you can make the greatest difference.
- Be Intentional – You’ll never become a the leader you want to be unless you take the first step and make an intentional choice to become one. And once you choose, you’ll have to be very intentional about the choices you make from that moment forward. I’m not saying that you have to question every decision or action you make everyday but it will change how you want others to see you and it will make you be more intentional about the actions you take.
- Foster a Positive Attitude – The ol’ adage “Attitude is Everything” is critical if you want to have effective leadership. Your ideas and thoughts shape your mindset, which in turn shapes your outcomes on everything you do. Let’s face it, the reality is that the negative side of situations will always be there but a positive perspective can help you decide if you’re going to be a positive influence on others or a negative one. The choice is up to you.
- Serve Others - You can’t lead if you’ve never followed. And one of the greatest ways to follow is to serve others. Effective leaders know this and this is what separates the good leaders from the great ones. It will give you great perspective as well. If you walked a mile in someones shoes, they will tend to follow.
Leadership can happen anywhere. All it takes is a the right mindset and a few simple actions. Don’t wait for someone else to give it to you, take the steps and become the effective leader you were born to be.