Last week we looked at the research that reveals that ANYONE can learn leadership, or at least learn to be a better leader than they are today. So, the next question is usually: “Where does leadership come from?”
It doesn’t come from any book, or a resource. It doesn’t even come from a great teacher. Here’ the answer. Are you ready?
Leadership comes from within. It comes from yourself—it flows from the inside out.
While you can learn about leadership, when it comes to you being a leader, that ultimately depends on YOU. Nope, not someone else, you. Are you going to care? Are you willing to get off your rear and take some action? Inside-out leadership means being willing to know yourself on a deeper level. Seriously. Answer this question: what makes you do what you do? It also means getting to the point where you are comfortable in your own skin then being willing to share yourself with others.
Think about the things you want to know about the leaders that you have encountered. According to the research, the most common questions you will have include:
If you notice, these are all personal questions. We all want to know what makes a leader the person that he or she is. So, when you are leading, people will want to know what motivates you, what pushes you, and if they can really trust you to do what you say. People want to know about a leader before they decide to follow the leader.
Remember: Ultimately LEADERSHIP COMES FROM THE INSIDE OUT. Leadership is already in you. But you have to let it flow inside out. How? By discovering more about who you are and sharing yourself with others.
Were you surprised to find out it’s already in you? Let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org
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