It may take a while for people (everyone) to register that they are leaders. Whatever definitions you ascribe to leading they all imply responsibility, not only for your own life, but also for those overtly or otherwise implicated, in your sphere of influence.
Your leadership obviously starts with leading yourself – why would others follow you if you do not know where you are going? ‘Others’ pertains to your partner, children, work colleagues, friends, associates and the world at large for global icons.
The implications of your leadership prowess will always yield results, are they what you want?
Thankfully leadership is an art. Leading is not so much about ability as it is about desire. Think back to when you first realised how you were influencing. Other than the authority imposed by your title or position, what was it that ‘moved’ them?
We can and should get better. Leaders do not stand where they are as they are in danger of being run over.
Learning the art of leadership, as for all self-improvement, begins with an awareness. One quickly gets to search for the keys when finding ones’ self in jail!
Nelson Mandela’s desire was backed by a poignant all-powerful cause encapsulated in his autobiography Long Walk To Freedom. During my lifetime I have dedicated myself to this struggle of the African people. I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.
Such a desire is transportive which is why you will ‘move mountains’ when people buy into it.
How will you make a difference today with what you have? No need for grandiose thinking. Perhaps it’s being grateful for knowing that you have people to influence, and that your intentions are coupled with a desire.
I am the author of Leading Self and Others (how to make a difference where you are with what you’ve got) and Teaming with ideas (life lessons in teams- from business, sport and parkrun). You can contact me here.