“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”
—John Quincy Adams
Leadership is not a position or a title, it is action and example. It is not about power, causing fear or giving orders. Leadership is about social influence and not about hierarchical supremacy.
To be a leader is not to have an influential position. To be a leader is to see your job as a chance to inspire the world. No matter what your job is. A superior administrator, who creates unnecessary rules and regulations, locks himself in his office, and fails to interact with others in any meaningful way is nothing more than a coding software which does nothing but write codes.
Are you a leader? Read on to find out :
You realize that you don’t have to be in charge to have significant influence. Being a leader doesn’t require a title, having a title doesn’t make you one. People follow a true leader VOLUNTARILY, even if they don’t have a title.
You long to make a difference. “Great leaders don’t set out to be leaders; they set out to make a difference. It’s not about the role; it’s about the goal for them.”
You take the ‘right’ decisions. For a leader; it’s not about ‘being’ right, it’s about ‘doing’ right.
You are willing to learn. You have a open mind that welcomes change and not repels it. J.F. Kennedy has rightly said, “Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.”
You focus on others around you and bring out the best in them. Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. After you become a leader, success is all about growing/empowering others. “True leaders don’t create more followers, they create more leaders.”
You’re not waiting on a bigger staff or more resources to accomplish your vision. After all, what is leadership? The capacity to translate vision into reality!
You accept your mistakes without excuses and are not hesitant in fixing them. True leaders don’t make excuses, they make progress. They don’t find faults, they find remedies.
You genuinely care about how others are feeling. When you talk to the manager, you get the feeling that he is important. When you talk to the leader, you get the feeling that you are important.
You find a way out, even in the worst situations. A leader is the one who knows the way, goes the way and shows the way. Irrespective of however hard the situation is, a leader always finds a silver lining in it.
You help others without expecting anything in return. Greatness of leaders lies in what they give and not in what they have. Serotonin (a chemical found in our body) comes into play when we look out for others. Serotonin is the “leadership chemical” because it makes you say, “I would go out of my way for you, without asking for anything in return.”
Leadership is a mindset. It’s a way of looking at the world. It’s about being optimistic vs. being pessimistic, about being proactive vs. being reactive, about seeing possibilities and making them happen. So, what are you waiting for! Make a choice, NOW!