Is leadership for everyone?
You regularly hear the question: “What exactly is leadership?”.
Often people think that this is just meant for managers and executives. But that is a big misunderstanding!
What does the difference look like:
|Does the things in de right way||Does the right things|
|Concentrates on the present day||Concentrates on the future|
|Strives for organization||Likes change|
|Limits the risks||Takes risks|
|Is more guided by reason than feeling||Is guided by both reason and feeling|
This is an example and no limitative summary
Leadership is a choice and the process starts with personal leadership. This means: the ability to give direction to your life yourself instead of letting time and coincidence determine your path. Leadership works from the inside out and has an effect on yourself and also on your surroundings. Development of personal leadership is an ongoing process that askes for regular reflection and self-evaluation.
When you are able to take responsibility for all your decisions in any field and you are making these decisions for your own good, you will be better able to have a positive and inspiring impact on others. You are then a role model for others. ‘Leading’ is a verb, so it means taking action!
The right mind set
This obviously requires the right mind set: a strong mental attitude which predetermines someone’s reaction on and interpretation of the situation. Having a positive attitude and perspective helps in making the right choices and taking the right actions. It also concerns having a clear vision and values, that, as it were, are your ‘internal navigation’.
In addition it is important that you feel comfortable and that you have the necessary energy. Do you really take time to re-energize and to take care very well about yourself? Are you physically and mentally in balance? You need energy as a base for making the right choices an being able to take the right actions
And have you already thought about your support team? Good ‘leaders’ have an active network which helps them to make the right choices. These people (colleagues, friends, family, business relations) are your sounding board to spar and reflect with. These are the people you trust and who know you very well. With them you can ventilate your ideas, ask for advice and blow of some steam.
In short: personal leadership is a choice for everyone, regardless of what function or role you have. Therefore become the best leader of your life, then you will certainly benefit more from that, both in your personal life as at work.
Untill next time
Then more about the influence of mind set
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