-Leadership occurs every moment of your life
Our world is constantly changing and requires leaders who can adapt and grow. I had the opportunity to train and coach a group of emerging leaders in a leadership development program. On the day of their graduation, I shared some final thoughts that could be helpful to you as you continue on your own leadership journey.
Everyone is a leader.
It’s important to understand that each of us has the potential to be a leader, regardless of our official job title. This is because leadership is about influence. In every interaction in our professional and personal lives, we influence someone by the quality of our words and behavior.
Be mindful of the impact you have on others. Try to leave people better off than you found them. Leadership begins with your influence and ends with the legacy you leave behind.
Keep your influence authentic by always staying true to your values and principles. At the same time, be open to the ideas and perspectives of others. Leadership is not a solitary journey. It thrives on collaboration and teamwork.
The world needs high-quality leadership.
People need leaders who will help them confront challenges head-on, embrace change as an opportunity for growth and lead them with empathy even in the face of adversity.
In a divided world, you can be the leader that builds bridges of understanding that brings people together for the common good. You can be the mentor and role model people want. Embrace this responsibility with humility and guide others with kindness and wisdom.
Our culture needs more honesty, competence, inspiration and vision. Genuine leadership involves more than just assuming control – it requires building relationships of deep trust that inspire others to reach new heights.
Leadership is a process.
Leadership is a continuous journey of personal growth and development that requires you to explore your full potential and tap into your inner power. It is essential to prioritize strengthening your self-leadership skills before you can gain the trust, loyalty and respect to lead others.
The road ahead may not always be smooth. You will encounter obstacles that test your resolve. But remember this: every setback is an opportunity for your comeback and every challenge is a chance for your growth. True leaders don’t shy away from challenges; they embrace them and use them as stepping stones toward success.
Leadership is a quality we all possess. To have a high-functioning organization or society, everyone must learn to demonstrate the best of their leadership abilities in every area of work and life.
No one is born a great leader. You develop into one.
Go out and be the most authentic version of the great leader you were born to be!
Til next week,
Jo-Aynne Von Born. Leadership and Executive Coach
Work Your Authentic Genius.
- What is your experience of leadership?
- When you view leadership as an influence rather than a position, how does that impact your relationships?
- How would your work and life change if it was important that you left all interactions better than you found them?
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