Sometimes, our circumstances don’t match our inner thoughts and beliefs about ourselves. Sometimes, we haven’t figured out who we are yet and we are leaning into other people’s expectations of us.
Sometimes, we believe that our personality will be rejected when it is our character that counts. Other times, we notice that one type of leadership is thriving and don’t believe that we can level up.
So, this is written as a reminder to those who doubt themselves and who are actually meant to be leaders.
Wondering whether or not you are meant to be a leader?
Western society promotes bad leadership in corporate organizations. It seems that “evil leaders” win and appear smarter and more successful than “good leaders”. Though these organizations function well and get results, they become more and more toxic to work in.
These organizations have to subsequently provide trainings and team building exercises to counter the effect of negative leadership.
What we need are effective leaders with great character. Most people want the title, the power but don’t have the character, the values or the attitude.
You are definitively meant to be a leader if…
#1. People naturally gravitate to you and ask you for your advice
Have you been standing in the streets, people come up to you for direction? In the grocery isles, people ask you for products? At work, people ask you for help on their project that you know nothing about?
People ask you for advice everywhere you go. That is because you seem approachable, like you have the answers to their problems and like you will not retain any information.
#2. You have a clear vision and a direction for your future
You have a vision for your future and you have the conviction that your dreams will come through. You dream so big that your dreams seem almost impossible.
Sometimes, you may not know what you are doing but you sure know where you are going.
Also, you may not be able to immediately put your vision into action but you are sure that it’ll come through, you know how to apply yourself, you know how to trust your gut and to put your best foot forward, and you know how to find the people to help you achieve your goals.
#3. Your character is remarkable
You have outstanding character and people model their behaviors on yours.
Furthermore, you have a strong moral compass. Even under pressure, you have to do what is right so you can respect yourself, love yourself and sleep at night.
#4. You love to learn
You are eager to learn, to explore and innovate. As a matter of fact, you ask tones of questions and you are an ever evolving being.
You have learnt from your employees, from bad leadership and from good mentors.
In addition, you don’t retain information, you are able to speak frankly and openly.
#5. You see people strengths and weaknesses
You see people strengths and weaknesses and you place them in the areas of their strengths.
Indeed, when you are a leader, you see people for who they really are and for what they can bring, you don’t make assumptions.
On the same occasion, you know where your strengths lie, where they will be complementary and where your weaknesses would hold people back.
Finally, you surround yourself with people who make you better and who complete you.
#6. You follow your own rules
You beat to the sound of your own drums. You don’t follow social rules and you think outside the box.
You don’t care about what people have to say about you, you go after what you want, indifferently to social expectations, to your circumstances and to stereotypes.
#7. You are a problem solver
You understand that there are several ways of doing one thing. With you as a leader, people are most likely to take risks, to innovate and are less afraid of making mistakes.
You have a lot of life experience, you find solutions to problems by asking people or by experience. Good or bad, you are grateful for your experiences and you are now wiser.
#8. You are resilient
You hurt like everybody else, you feel people pain but you are capable of withstanding adversity and of recovering quickly. In other words, you can take a licking keep on ticking.
#9. You are an equal opportunity leader
You treat everyone the same: you believe in fairness, equality and in equity.
You don’t make assumptions about people and their behavior.
#10. You are a people person
Furthermore, you don’t assume power or influence over people. You just lead when it is needed, show appreciation for people and you don’t hug the spotlight.
At last, you do not let negative energy permeate into your life and you leave your emotions at the door.
#11. You like to help
You like helping people, giving them the information that they need to succeed, even if they didn’t ask for help.
In your opinion, helping people is incredibly gratifying. You don’t do it for them to like you. You did it because you were needed and because you want the project to move forward.
And, you are humble enough to ask for help.
#12. You are innovative
You are constantly dissatisfied with the current system. That is why, you love innovation and you inspire others to innovate.
#13. You are cognizant of office politics
You know everything that is happening in your office and you know everyone by name.
However, you don’t judge your employees, blame them for their mistakes or gossip about your employees with your own employees.
You notice those who need training, those who hate their job, those who outperform, and those who underperform.
Basically, you understand office politics.
Last Words Of Advice!
Mots of the time, people and parents, even with the best intentions, want to direct your life. Then, we listen and achieve what people expect of us.
A leader, recognizing the value of people close to him or her, taking into account the opinions of others, recognizes that their own dreams supercede all that.
Hope that I’ve helped you get it together on your way to leadership!
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