The Dichotomy of Leadership

“A leader takes people where they want to go.
A great leader takes people where they don’t necessarily want to go but ought to be.”
Roslyn Carter

The dichotomy of leadership is there really is no one telling you what to do, which is great and than again there is no one telling you what to do….which means it is so about you.

Spending your time and talent in the right areas are key to achieving the success you know is possible. I cannot tell you how many people I meet who so want to be free of people telling them what to do that when they are free…. they become lost and ineffective.

To be a leader a strong and effective leader it takes:

o having a clear set of core values,
o clear and doable goals which are inspirational and aspirational
o the ability to discipline yourself to focus on the right activities to achieve your goals,
o the diligence to constantly learn and grow new skills and behaviors to adapt to new levels of expectations and performance
o take time regularly (aka, daily) to get out of the tactics/doing and reflect to listen to your voice and ensure your actions are in alignment with your goals and core values

To be a leader for others it starts with being a leader for you first. This is not easy work and yet has great impact if you get it and can do it.

To maintain your focus and resiliency as a leader:

o Define daily what you are doing to achieve your goal(s)
o Assess what do you need to shift or change
o Ensure you have the right actions which support your goal(s)
o Open up to new learning, even when you don’t want to