Pioneering or trailblazing leaders are the firsts to do anything in any field.
Indeed, they initiate, innovate, explore and thrive in uncharted territory. They face obstacles before anyone else.
Furthermore, they are always learning, growing and getting out of their comfort zones.
Needless to say, the job of the pioneering or trailblazing leader is hard.
Wondering what makes you a trailblazing leader?
13 Signs That You Are A Trailblazing Leader
Being a pioneer or trailblazer requires courage, grit, commitment and responsibility.
#1. You have a clear vision
You have a clear vision for your future.
Your vision is a dream that encompasses their values and morals, that seems unrealistic but that is yet anchored in reality, that is ingrained in your DNA.
You are confident about it and you can communicate it easily.
You aim to build a company culture that promotes curiosity, imagination and brainstorming.
However, you do not need to have a clear step by step plan.
In addition, you are always frustrated because your reality doesn’t match your vision. Your progress doesn’t seem enough and you believe that you can be better, do better, do more and do faster.
#2. You know your worth
You are aware of your strengths and weaknesses, of your limitations and your uniqueness.
You value your originality and you hate imitating others.
You don’t try to blend in because you understand your value resides in standing out.
#3. You are pathologically curious
You are eager to learn and cannot stop asking questions.
Without fearing repercussions, you ask questions that no one has never asked before.
You understand that the possibilities are endless and you are never done exploring them.
You experiment with things that excite or scare you. By facing your fears, you evolve and learn important information about yourself.
#4. You embrace change
You embrace change and innovation. Matter of fact, you love to lead in tumultuous waters, you are the first to say or do anything and you adapt easily to change.
Great leaders know that they have to embrace change in order to stay competitive and relevant.
Moreover, you see life as an adventure. For example, you are unafraid of uprooting and moving to a strange place.
You love experimenting, taking risks and can’t stand routine.
You enjoy trying new thing and seeing what will happen next.
#5. You are creative
You are creative and your need to create overpowers all your fears.
You can’t help that you:
- Require creative freedom.
- Are entirely consumed by your creations.
- Care more about the content than the format.
- Care more about creating than being right or clever.
- Care more about creating or innovating than selling or introducing it to the world.
#6. You need freedom
Your freedom means everything to you.
You hate structure, rules, paperwork because you believe that all these are processes stifle your creativity, delay your pioneering moves and slow you down.
#7. You challenge the status quo
You are unpredictable. Your forward-thinking disrupts, challenges the status quo and pushes people out of their comfort zone.
Consequently, your presence and your perspectives make people uncomfortable.
You wish that they can see what you see and understand what you believe in.
#8. You attract the right people
You love to explore and to meet new people.
A trailblazing leader goes first and leads by example. By going first, you will attract the right type of followers and you will be able to feed from their energy to keep pursuing your vision.
At the end, you will build a team that is unconventional but has the right skills to reach your vision.
#9. You take self-motivated action
You constantly take action and need to move forward.
Indeed, you are always on the move, looking for the next new thing. You are always looking for new opportunities.
Furthermore, you are self-motivated. You do not need someone to encourage you or push you towards your goals.
You are goal-oriented: you have a tendency to focus on your vision and unfortunately forget your relationships.
However, with your actions, you will inspire others to take action.
#10. You are resilient
You are persistent and resilient. You see challenges as opportunities and courageously face adversity.
You are also committed to your vision and are willing to see a problem through.
By now, You have thick skin because people have tried to shut you down so many times.Do not fear the winds of adversity. Remember, a kite rises against the wind rather than with it.” - Winston S. Churchill Click To Tweet
#11. You are solution-oriented
Because you usually blaze a trail, you have become resourceful and solution-oriented.
You are able to make quick decisions and bring new solutions to your organization by solely relying on your gut for the next direction to take.
In addition, you are able to find different solutions to one problem because you are confident about the future.
#12. You are optimistic
You stay positive as a life and leadership strategy.
You are optimistic and excited about all the possible positive outcomes.
Furthermore, you don’t complain. You understand that life is made of ups and downs, that complaining amplifies the issues and weighs you down.
#13. Your work ethic is unheard of
You have a strong work ethic.
You believe that if you put the work in, your vision will come to life.
You are committed to your vision and have laser focus.
Last Words Of Advice!
Remember, most people will feel uncomfortable in your presence because you question their reality and their systems of belief.
It becomes critical to remember who you are and what you stand for.
It becomes detrimental to be patient with people, to stand alone than to stand in the midst of people who group-think.
Hope that I’ve helped you get it together on your way to leadership!
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