The age old question asks whether leaders are born or made. I believe that both options are true. We can all develop leadership skills but that won’t always make us leaders.
Do you think you have what it takes to be a leader? If you don’t truly own the position or enjoy it, for that matter, then my suggestion is to leave it alone. The leadership role is not for everyone. While many have the ability to lead, not everyone enjoys doing so, especially if they have a set view of how a leader should behave.
There are all sorts of leadership styles. Cool, like Clooney or feisty like Rambo - no one style is right or wrong. The secret to being an inspiring leader is understanding your own leadership style and aligning yourself with it.
When everything is in alignment, leadership becomes a way of life and not just a role. You live as a leader because it’s who you are.
Of course it’s likely that there are gaps in your leadership skills and abilities but if you love the role, you will strive to learn and develop those which don’t come naturally to you. Because you take your responsibility seriously, you will tap into your inner potential and polish it for the benefit of you yourself and your team.
If being an effective leader is really the direction you wish to head, you need to align your authentic intent, your style and your ability. Once you do that, you will be able to take the leadership role and immediately begin leading with real integrity.
If you have read this and feel that you aren’t cut out to be a leader, that’s great. No team is successful if everyone wants to lead. It needs supporters, workers, ideas people and more. Be proud that you’ve recognised your own capabilities. Your contribution is just as important.
On the other hand, perhaps you’ve come to realise that there is no one set model of leadership, and that the picture you had in your head was of only one particular style. You might realise that you actually do have leadership potential, so do something about it!
Being a genuine leader is for those with a true passion for the role, and who want to make a positive difference in their organisation. Whatever your style, successful leadership begins and ends with being true to whatever makes us the best we can be - to ourselves, to others and to the organisations we lead.
Posted by Ricky Nowak on 3rd October, 2013 | Tags:
Ricky specialises in building top performing teams and individuals for many of Australia, New Zealand and Asia's leading organisations, and is an energetic motivational conference speaker, corporate trainer and executive coach.