Close your eyes and bring to mind someone in a position of leadership. Who is this person? What makes him or her a leader?
Did you think of yourself? Why or why not?
Some leaders inspire us, some may be fearsome or worse, and some may not give us much to think about at all. The greatest leaders are, in many ways, are just everyone else – they wake up every day, choose what to eat and wear, communicate with the people they encounter, experience successes and challenges, and make choices about how to spend their time and energy.
"Leading is the way we help move people, including ourselves, into action. The question is not whether or not we are leaders, but how well we lead."
So yes! We lead ourselves every day! What makes us get up in the morning? Sure, we may have a crying baby to attend to, or a meeting to attend, or we may simply be hungry and want breakfast. But the point is that somehow, we motivate ourselves to get up to face whatever responsibility, challenge, or excitement is on the schedule for the day.
Most of us go on to lead others as well, at least some days. Perhaps we need to get our children (or partners!) out the door to school and work. Perhaps we have a team of staff who need our guidance and support to get through the workday, or a group of volunteers we are working with on a project, or some friends with whom we are choosing which movie to see. Maybe we are teachers and have a room full of teenagers to corral into finishing a science experiment without burning off anyone else’s eyebrows.
We also lead our lives. We choose where to spend our time and energy. We select activities that serve us - and our values - in some way – financially, spiritually, emotionally, physically. We may tolerate some things, avoid some, despise a couple, feel good or even great about a few, and if we are fortunate, feel passionate about at least one!
Karen Elkin Leadership can help you, your team, your organization, or even your family become more self-aware, more connected, and ready to be the kind of leader you want to be.
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