I realize not everyone is comfortable assuming a leadership role. I have come to believe that the reason behind this has to do with the uncertainty of what’s expected of a leader.
So what’s the definition a leader? James MacGregor Burns, in his book Leadership, came up with a definition I like. Here it is.
Leadership is inducing followers to act for certain goals that represent the values and the motivations – the wants and needs, the aspirations and expectations – of both leaders and followers. And the genius of leadership lies in the manner in which leaders see and act on their own and their followers’ values and motivations.
Are you a follower or leader?
Its OK to walk for a time as the last one in the group. Its even OK to spend time mingling in the middle, but ultimately everyone at sometime in his or her lifetime must move out in front and lead.
You have no way of understanding leadership and reaping its rewards until you assume that responsibility!
About the Author:
Gabriel Najera is the president & founder of the Najera Consulting Group. Gabriel is a frequent speaker to organizations. And, is a highly sought after advisor to corporate and nonprofit executives looking to develop a strategic thinking mindset.
Gabriel is the author of the forthcoming book, Lessons From the Field: From Farmworker to Fortune 500 Consultant. Gabriel is available to speak to your organization. To inquire about scheduling Gabriel for an upcoming speaking engagement or to inquire about our consulting services, please click on this link.