Focus on actions, not titles. Instead of focusing on being thought of as a “leader”, focus on leading. A title does not make you a leader. Actions, actual leading, are what make you a leader.
“To be a leader you need one thing – followers. It has nothing to do with rank or authority. You are a leader when others raise their hand and volunteer to go in the direction you set.”
People won’t put their hand up and voluntarily follow you simply because of your title. They will voluntarily follow you because they believe in what you do; your vision and the actions you take to implement your vision and live your values.
“I like the word leading rather than leadership as it is a verb instead of a noun. Leading is something that you do. It is a relationship that you have with another person that helps to make them a little bigger and a little better than you found them.”
Leading is what leaders do. They act. The focus on building, sustaining, and repairing relationships. They strive to help people become a little bigger and a little better because of those relationships. Through their actions they inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more.
Be intentional and deliberate with your actions. Be intentional and deliberate about leading. Be intentional and deliberate about building and sustaining a culture of leading, learning and excellence.
“Think like a man of action, act like a man of thought.”
Be cautious about becoming enamored with titles and seek to be a man or woman of action. Focus on becoming, not being. Embrace leading as a journey, rather than thinking of ‘leader’ as a destination.
Remember that leadership is a choice and a journey, and it starts with you. Choose well, keep learning, and enjoy the journey.
Register yourself, and your team for the Dare to Be Great: Strategies for Creating a Culture of Leading online workshop to get everyone on the same page regarding leadership and culture. If you are interested in hosting a live Dare to Be Great workshop reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.