I spend a lot of time reading and researching the art of leadership. I am reading a book entitled The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership by John C. Maxwell. In his opening chapter he writes something that articulates perfectly my strong belief in leadership and how leadership applies to everyone. This is an important concept, so don't miss it: "Leadership ability is the lid that determines a person's level of effectiveness."
At the core of this thought is the idea that in order to achieve optimal levels of effectiveness one must possess leadership. Many regard leadership as William Wallace in Braveheart, someone who stands apart from the others and leads the pack. Well that's true, but that not the only manifestation of leadership. Personal leadership involves what I've been posting about lately, and that's the idea of taking responsibility for your life and your life's path. Personal leadership believes your the captain of your own ship, the leader of your own band. Personal leadership is rooted in the idea that you control your own destiny. And leadership is experienced most when one has the courage to follow that destiny when all others won't. Being a leader of many starts with being an effective leader of one.
How are you leading yourself these days? Are you the wind, or the waves being mindlessly directed by the wind? Have you set a direction for yourself, and are you following it? Do you have convictions that won't be compromised? Do you follow them at all costs? And here's an important one: do you value leadership as a personal trait you want to possess?
If you answered yes to the above -- yes you are the wind directing your way; yes you have a direction for your life and your day-to-day; yes you have convictions that you won't compromise; and yes you have the courage to follow those convictions -- then you're on the right track! If you answered "maybe," or "no," or "I have no idea," don't be discouraged. I would submit to you that if you want to take your personal level of effectiveness to the next level, take your personal leadership seriously and work to improve it. Many of my Daily Quotes are geared towards leadership. The book I mentioned above is another great source. But be proactive and go for it!