Let’s get this out of the way. You’re a leader.
You wouldn’t be reading this if you weren’t.
The truth is, everyone is a leader—they just may not know it yet. Anyone can be a leader, but what matters is how they lead, and what steps they take to be a good leader. Anyone can be influential; anyone can build a following. But what matters is the outcome their leadership creates.
Does their leadership build community?
Does it celebrate diversity?
Does it create effective change?
These are all important questions to assess, but first, let’s define what a good leader is and isn’t.
A good leader is:
A person who builds others up. The success of those around them doesn’t make them worried or insecure; instead, it excites them, and they’re the biggest cheerleaders for others’ success.
Hyper-focused on their own goals and vision. They’re not looking at what others are doing or comparing themselves; they’re too focused on their matters.
Willing to listen, learn, and grow. Leaders are always willing to learn new things and hear what others think. They listen well and consider new ideas and solutions that they may not have thought of before.
A person who encourages the unique makeup of others. They see others’ strengths and what makes them who they are and inspire them to lean into that.
Now, here’s what a good leader isn’t:
A dogmatic authoritarian.
A good leader doesn’t say, “Do this because I say so.” Instead, they consider solutions that benefit the whole, which comes from sharing ideas and making efforts communally.
A good leader knows that the best decisions are made by considering multiple perspectives, and not just their own.
A lone wolf
A good leader lives in the community, seeking wisdom and mentorship from others and offering it in return. They are never too good to ask for help or advice. The best leaders are willing to be dependent on others for needs they can’t meet on their own.
While good leader is confident, they are not arrogant or cocky. Confidence comes from a grounded place of self-worth and belonging; arrogance comes from insecurity and an unstable sense of self.
Being a leader doesn’t always mean you’ve run for office, officiated a club, or headed a sports team—though those may all be true of leaders. Good leadership builds people into their best selves. As Maya Angelou once said, “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
How do you make those around you feel?
What characteristics do you embody that inspire leadership—without you saying a word?
Knowing yourself in these areas can help you become a better leader and inspire others to do the same. Don’t forget—it takes practice and patience. Never be afraid to learn and grow, and surround yourself with others who will encourage you in that.
Being a leader takes time and patience. You need to develop your mindset.
A mindset of sheer focus.
A mindset of sharp determination.
A mindset of an entrepreneur.
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