A good leader seems harder and harder to come by these days. We live in a world where following is so highly promoted. On social media, we “follow” the people we want to follow. Why don’t they just follow us? Why do we even follow them? Let’s follow no longer and let’s start to lead.
So, how do we begin to lead anyways?
Isn’t somebody going to hold our hand and help us through it? Nope. At least, not usually. Besides, leading means being at the front of the people. Leading means being the person who does the hand holding from time to time. “You lead the way.” Other people wait and watch to see what you do. Sometimes they will laugh at you. Other times they will follow along with you. In any event, you’re leading the way.
It’s the moment when you’re given the chance to be up in front of a group. The moment when they ask for a volunteer. A moment where you know something about a situation is just not right. You can say something or you can just keep quiet. Surely, you will lead.
It’s not an easy thing to do. Leading opens us up to the opinions of our peers and the people who might or might not follow us. Let’s eliminate the worry of that altogether and realize that those same people are judging us whether we lead or not. We might as well do ourselves and some people a favor with our leadership because we’re going to be judged either way. Besides, where were they when they could have taken the lead?
Sometimes people will laugh because they are envious or jealous. Laughing at you will try to pull you down to their level. But you’re leading them, not the other way around. Be better and keep yourself in the lead.
“You don’t lead by hitting people over the head. That’s assault, not leadership.” -Dwight Eisenhower