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.