Am I A Leader

I will go ahead and warn you this will be an open ended post, I just wanted to get some thoughts recorded.

As I was riding to work this morning that was the thought in my head: How do I know if I am a leader? Jeff Foxworthy style, here are my thoughts.

You might be a leader if:

  • People Follow You
  • People Continually Look To You For Advice or Direction
  • You Make Things Happen
  • You See Projects Through To Completion

Let me stop on that last one for a minute. Having the tenacity, passion or focus to see a project completed does not mean you have to do it yourself. Being a leader most of the time means you have to inspire and engage people to do the task and you have to inspire them in such a way that they will accept nothing less than getting the job done right and on time. But that passion and focus has to come from the leader.

If you are anything like me, sometimes you just grab the bull by the horns and say I’ll do it myself and if that is the case, are you really leading anybody?

I would love to hear your (both of you) thoughts on what a leader might look like.

6 thoughts on “Am I A Leader

  1. you might be a leader if:
    -you’re the only one standing.–means you have conviction
    -you care more about giving credit than getting credit.
    -you care more about serving than being served. (you got served cave creatures)
    -you’ve got a git r done attitude.

    that’s all I got for now. great post!

  2. here’s mine

    -if you eat your lunch in the oval office.

    -if you have a red telephone w/ no numbers on it.

    -if you have a red button that says ‘do not push’.

    -if your name is Jack Bauer

    (ha ha ha sorry I couldn’t resist..)

  3. Truman by David McCullough
    “You can accomplish anything in life, provided that you do not mind who gets the credit.”

    Strick I reccomend the following book. It can be applied to just about anything.. Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap . . . and Others Don’t

    Just replace Companies with Churches 🙂

  4. I would say that a leader can do many things on his own, so I practically disagree on “If you are anything like me, sometimes you just grab the bull by the horns and say I’ll do it myself and if that is the case, are you really leading anybody?” Let’s just say that if you get the job done and made it all by your own then technically, you’re the best because you did it without any help. That automatically makes some people to follow you,because you seem to be organized, getting things done on time, successful and clever, so you’ve got all the “qualities” that a leader needs. After all,leading yourself, your thoughts, your insticts is a lot more difficult than leading others. And who can follow you when you don’t seem to follow anything not even yourself? You cannot expect of people to do anything, if you cannot discipline yourself to do it. So, I guess, getting the job done correct and on time, by your own, it’s the first step, cause you persuade people that you are worth of being their leaders, plus you learn how to lead, because at first you have leaded yourself.

  5. @ Tatiana
    I disagree. Being good at getting a job done on your own does not automatically make you a good leader. Leading requires a whole different ability/skill than just completing a particular task on time like finishing up a report. Even if you’re good at organizing yourself, people will not automatically follow you unless you know how to communicate your direction & goals.

    My officemate always finishes first. Experience helped her, she’s been with the company for 10yrs but she has poor interpersonal relationship. She doesn’t assist/help others who may be needing her expertise. She always criticize without offering suggestion. Nobody goes to her for advise. No one.
    She also was never promoted.

    Can you call her a good leader because she’s brilliant at what she does on her own? nada

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