Leadership isn’t just for business executives, captains of sports teams, or presidents. Leadership is instilled in everyone of us and we all have the power to cultivate the skill and lead people in a better way. Even if we don’t see ourselves as leaders, we can be a light in our community and guide people in the right direction.
Initiate. Leaders take action. They initiate and get the ball rolling. They speak up when no one else does. They say what needs to be said when everyone else is silent. Taking initiative is hard because no one wants to put themselves out there, but it is our duty to put our foot forward first and start the action.
Guidance. We all need guidance from those who can lead. When we develop our leadership qualities, we’re able to bring people into the light. We’re able to lead others in the right direction. This requires critical thinking and good decision making on our part, but it is a great service to others.
Collaborate. Leaders work together and coordinate to make things happen. From business organizations to Super Bowl parties, leaders bring people together for a bigger cause. Collaboration is a key part of how humans advance. Developing a leadership quality to make that happen allows people to work together in unforeseen ways.
We can’t all be the top leaders of history, but we can all develop leadership qualities. Some of us may change our communities and some of us may change the world. Both are something we should all strive to accomplish.
“A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves.” -Lao Tzu