Running teams is a great way to develop your leadership skills. Each person I’ve lead always had something to teach me about how to lead. More importantly, each person I’ve lead always found a way of exposing one of my weaknesses I didn’t know I had.
A business leader’s job is to convert the work of others into a desired tangible result. Any other description is corporate bullshit and window dressing. No job title will ever tell you if a guy is a strong leader. In fact, the more a dude covets a sweet sounding title, the less likely I trust him as a leader. You want to find a good leader? Find one that can effectively lead a group of unpaid volunteers. You want to find a good leader? Find a guy in your back office who quietly goes about his business and helps others without reward or fanfare. A job title doesn’t denote a leader. You can be the VP of Awesome and can’t lead a ball downhill. A leader is someone others want to follow by choice. He’s the kind of guy, that upon leaving, will have a few followers, following him for possibly less money to different pastures. A leader isn’t identified in a moment. Often loud, charismatic folks are thought of as leaders. Sometimes. But not always. Leadership is picked up by others through conduct and sincerity. Is this guy a quote-spewing dinosaur or is he someone who actually cares about my personal success?
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