We’re all leaders.
Don’t put leadership “out there” or make it somebody else’s job.
One of the most powerful things we can do in this lifetime is to grow our personal leadership skills.
As John Maxwell says, leadership is influence.
Influence is the power to change, or the power to affect someone or something.
Leadership Starts with You
It starts with you.
As Tony Robbins says, power is the ability to take action.
Don’t give your power away.
Long ago, I learned the power of self-leadership. It’s really leadership from the inside-out.
You can practice leadership skills to inspire your mind, paint a future picture of a better world, design more effective strategies, take action, and build better feedback loops.
Leaders are Life-Long Learners
The best leaders are life-long learners.
When you lead yourself well, from the inside out, your influence expands.
In fact, as Stephen Covey would say, you expand your sphere of influence.
But so much of leadership comes back down to initiative.
Lead a Life of Action
Take your power back.
The fastest way to empowerment is to simply start taking action in your own life, and making the changes that you want to see, and focusing on the things you can control.
As the old saying goes, think globally, act locally.
Gandhi had it right …
“’Be the change that you wish to see in the world.”
Video: Greatness, by David Marquet
On that note, here’s a great video that a colleague sent me on how to embed the capacity for greatness in the people and practices of an organization.
Lead by Example
If you see a problem, fix it.
If you see an opportunity take it.
Don’t wait for somebody else to do it.
Lead by example, and look inside before you look “out there.”