When you are a manager, the majority of the time you are either carrying out the instructions of others or putting their ideas into action. You are responsible for seeing to it that all of the activities are completed and that the goals are met.
One of the most significant differences between you and other people is that, as a leader, you are often the one who determines the course of action.
In order for you to be able to do that, you need to know where you want to go, or what it is that you stand for.
If you want to be a leader, or a preparing to become a leader then you should look to get a better understanding of yourself, what you stand for, and what you want to achieve.
Why is this important?
Well, if you don’t know where you want to go, or which direction you want to take, then how can people follow you? And without followers, it’s difficult to be a leader.
If you lack direction, ambition or a goal, then it is impossible for people to follow you, as you are not going anywhere and people will not follow someone who is standing still.
When I interview managers who are looking to transition to leaders, this is often one of the biggest challenges that they face. Often, it’s not that they lack direction or goals, it’s usually that they don’t have the courage of their convictions, they don’t look to take a strong stand, or maybe they prefer to keep their views to themselves.
This won’t work!
So as you look to make the transition to leadership, speak up, and let people know what your opinions are, and what you stand for it also helps define who you are, and then people can decide whether to align with you and even follow you.
This can be difficult, scary even, especially if you’re views and opinions differ from those of other leaders, or maybe even conventional thinking, but we must embrace them, it’s what makes us authentic.
As said earlier if you don’t know where you are going, then how will people be able to follow you?
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