Leadership has nothing to do with seniority or one’s position in the hierarchy of a company. Leadership does not automatically happen when you reach a certain pay grade. Hopefully, you find it there, but there are no guarantees. Leadership has nothing to do with titles.
A leader has followers. Often, teams and communities follow by example.
Leaders have vision. Every spring you have a vision for a garden, and with lots of work carrots and tomatoes become a reality.
Leaders empower others. You want a team of competent independent adults. Give them the tools to make smart decisions, as needed, without being timid or hesitating.
Leadership is influence. You walk the walk and talk the talk. Leaders model the positive behavior they want to see from others. Leaders coach and motivate others to greatness without self-comparison.
There are many different leadership skills required in communities and in the workplace, but the most in-demand ones include:
• Active listening
• The ability to share clear messages and make complex ideas easy to understand for everyone
• Strategic thinking skills
• The ability to inspire and convince others
There is the controversy that some leaders are born while others are made. It is all a matter of perception and motivation. If you believe you are a leader, you are a leader. Use the tools and resources in your workplace or community to be an awesome one. It takes practice and commitment to a greater good.
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Leadership is influence. You walk the walk and talk the talk.