Now at the end of this post I’m going to ask you how you define your leadership and I’ll give you the option to leave your mark for the community.
But first I want to share 3 simple actions that you can take right now…even if you’re brand new…that will expose your inner leadership.
These simple techniques are yours for the taking IF you act on them. Even when I’m coaching clients on blogging and branding I always hit the personal development hard.
Because that’s 90% of the game. Your mental toughness needs to be at its best. But that’s another story for another post.
- The action of leading a group of people or an organization.
- The state or position of being a leader.
What do you think of when you read the word leadership? More importantly, do you see yourself in that role?
We each define leadership differently. We use our; values, qualities, rules and an image of a leader comes into our mind. We see a leader as someone usually in a great position of power or service. But how did they get there? Where did it start for them?
Wikipedia defins leadership as “a process of insocial fluence in which one person can enlist the aid and support of others in the accomplishment of a common task”
1. Define your leadership – in the beginning we follow someone who we think is a leader. We do what they do…ie model. We take action on what they say and in this online marketing world we buy their products. We take what we need and leave the rest. Or do we?
If we continue to follow the same leader are we really growing ourselves? Hmmm… at some point we need to let go of the rope. In a recent interview I told the story of how we can easily change our leader in the blink of an eye. It’s true, all you have to do is let go of the rope. Quick water skiing analogy…
Let’s say you’re water skiing and the leader you are following is the driver of the boat and you are the one on the skis. The driver can go where ever he/she wants right? They can go as fast or slow as they want. They are in control and YOU are in for the ride of your life.
But you are subject to their control. It’s not until you let go that you will start to stand on your own. Of course when you let go of the rope you are not skiing anymore. You actually top and sink. I know not fun. AND you are out there by yourself until the driver comes back for you.
But in the business world the driver doesn’t come back. They don’t wait for you. It’s now up to you to figure it out on your own. Hopefully you took action on their leadership and you now have the skills and knowledge to create your own boat.
Now YOU get to be the driver. By standing on your own, creating your own island, then the dock and then the boat, you become the leader. It’s actually a lot easier than you think. Yes you can still follow your previous leader, IF they are going where you want to go. But don’t do so blindly.
Make the difference and define your leadership
The Network Dad
P.S. Tomorrow we’ll talk about 2 of this leadership series with the different leadership styles. But for now leave a comment on how you define your leadership and visualize you being in the driver seat of your own speedboat and giving your followers the best ride of their life!
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