At an early age, we acclaim what we want to be when we get older.
Typically, these ideas are geared around types of professions like, “I’m going to be a police officer” or “I’m going to be a doctor.”
A designated path that not too many people set out to be is a leader.
While we can learn and practice leadership skills, good leaders are derived from people with innate skills and a passion to make a difference.
"A true leader has the confidence to stand alone, the courage to make tough decisions, and the compassion to listen to the needs of others. He does not set out to be a leader, but becomes one by the equality of his actions and the integrity of his intent." --Douglas MacArthur
When someone has the label of being a “leader” one can assume that they’re out front showing people what to do. While that is occasionally a part of the job there is a difference in the way people lead to take notice of.
For instance, managers see the world full of competitors; in order for them to win, others must lose. Leaders see the world as potential teammates; everyone has something to offer.
For leaders, it’s about impact, support, and encouragement – not money, title, or power.
To care about other people is the greatest way to make a difference.