Leadership is about one life positively impacting another.

Do You Have What It Takes To Be A Great Leader?

When it comes to understanding the word “leadership” many people get it all wrong. They associate leadership with power, with calling the shots, with fancy titles, and with bragging rights. Dictators and leaders have very little in common.

Leaders inspire greatness in others. They provide opportunities for people to do great things. They impact the lives of others to exceed their own expectations.

John C. Maxwell defined it like this: “Leadership is not about titles, positions or flowcharts. It is about one life influencing another.”

Ronald Reagan said, “The greatest leader is not necessarily the one who does the greatest things. He is the one that gets the people to do the greatest things.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson said it eloquently with these words, “Our chief want is someone who will inspire us to be what we know we could be.”

Another misconception of what it takes to be a leader is that you must be assigned or voted into such a position. Leaders usually find opportunities to lead and do so, despite their title, reward, or whether anyone will find out about their efforts.

There are quiet leaders that influence briefly. They take the opportunity presented, rise to the occasion, and then step back letting others expand their wings.

Great leaders do not live guided by their egos or do things for validation from others. It is the end result and the personal growth or learning moment for another that pushes them to do what others might not.

If you want to be a leader then you should study other leaders that have made an impact in your industry, field of study, or intended career. You should take opportunities to get experience and check your ego at the door. Even if your role is minimal and even if no one will notice, don’t miss the chance to stretch your leadership muscles.

Build your own opportunities to lead. Volunteerism is an excellent way to build leadership experience, learn from others, and to have a big impact that will make a difference.

The world needs selfless, creative, passionate, driven leaders who want to make an impact and leave a legacy of having inspired others and brought about an outcome that changes how things are done, accomplishes great outcomes, influences others for the greater good, and push others to go beyond their self-imposed limits.

Tomorrow and the day after that polish your leadership skills. Find an opportunity to impact the lives of others, to push them to greatness so that great things can be done. In doing so, you will have perhaps found your greatest purpose and a new found passion for being someone that makes things happen.