As I said in my post earlier this month, I believe leaders are both born and made. As a lifelong leader myself, I have seen strong leaders come from all walks of life, from serious tragedies and from the happiest circumstances. The one truth I have found in all of the teams I have led and all of the leaders I have come across and helped develop is that the key ingredient to becoming a leader is a desire to lead. I mean, when you think about it, that’s pretty much where everything starts, right? You have to want it. Leadership is the same. If you want to be a leader, you’ve already got all it takes inside you.
The next critical ingredient is a great mentor. Now, not everyone has access to a great mentor right away. I have learned from some incredible leaders in my life, but there have also been times when I’ve had to dig deep all on my own. A great resource to turn to when you don’t have immediate access to a coach or teacher to guide you toward your own greatness is the internet. You can find so much information on becoming a strong leader on the web. You can also hit your library or bookstore for some great reading material on leadership.
But in the end, it all comes down to knowing yourself. Not all leaders lead in the same way, and the greatest leaders of all time knew both their strengths and their weaknesses. A great first step to becoming a leader, or to growing into an even better leader, is a lot of self-awareness. A mentor or coach can also help you see yourself in ways you haven’t already thought of, and he or she can help you pull out your greatness.
So, if you’re interested in growing as a leader, becoming a coach for others, or simply cultivating your abilities to lead, reach out today. I would love to help. It is, after all, what I do.