Some people choose not to be a leader. Some people choose not to change the world. They use the excuse that they aren’t a born leader. Some people, they say, are just natural leaders. But not them.
That’s a pathetic excuse because it’s based entirely on a false premise. No one is a natural leader. Not even you.
You are not a natural leader.
You are not an adaptive leader or a leader by circumstance.
You are not a leader because your father or mother was a leader. Or because you were in the Army or Marines.
You are not a leader because your boss said so, you started a company, or even because your title says “Team Leader.”
You are a leader only by choice.
Great leaders are not born. Great leaders are not made. Great leaders are not taught, trained, appointed, or promoted into leadership.
Great leaders are only great by choice.
Most bosses and “team leaders” are not leaders. They never choose to be.
- Let’s meet our quota
- We need to reduce turnover.
- I think we can cut costs by 10%.
- I hope I get a raise.
- I hope I get promoted.
- When will management do ______?
They never choose to lead.
Most parents are not leaders. They never choose to be.
- The world today is so ______.
- My children are not so bad.
- But my parents never _____.
- This is all I know.
- I’m just trying to make it.
- When will the schools ______?
- I hope my children are not like me, but what can I do?
Meet the quota, make minimal impact, blame society, aim for average, continue the cycle, hope for change, but do nothing to bring it. That is what most people do. They assume that leaders are born:
- Intelligent and well-spoken
Most people think these traits are natural and therefore elusive to the masses. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Great leaders choose to be great. Great leaders choose to:
- Destroy the quota. (What is a quota anyway?)
- Change the world. (That’s what I was born to do)
- Blame no one. (Not even myself…blame takes up precious time)
- Break destructive cycles and patterns. (In myself, in my business, in my family)
- Make change happen. (I take action)
- Step out of their comfort zone. (Because it only boxes me in and holds me back)
- Be bold and energetic. (Even when I don’t feel like it)
- Continually learn and practice. (Because I don’t know it all and I never will)
Great leaders choose to be great.
World changers choose to change the world.
Every single day.
What choices can you make today to be a great leader?