Leader, in all your busyness and the world of pressures you live in, do you ever just pause to ask what kind of leader are you? In other words, why do you followers follow you?
“There are leaders and there are those who lead. Leaders hold a position of power or influence. Those who lead inspire us.” Simon Sinek
In other words, are your followers following you because they have to or are they inspired to do so?
- are you able to judge how honest people can be with you? (people who just follow you because they have to will hold back both in their productivity, sacrifices, and contributions)
- is there a positive feel to your workplace culture (inspired workers want to be there–they will feel they are a part of something)
- how often are you conveying humility? (inspired workers will play off of the example of their leadership. if workers are always feeling they are not meeting your standard of excellence and that making mistakes is almost an unforgivable sin, well most likely, you are leading from a place of position, not inspiration)
- be a learner–read books, listen to podcasts, go to YouTube, or Google—their is almost an endless amount of helpful resources for helping you become a better leader—but you’ll need to humbly and diligently pursue that information AND the, implement it.