Are you a leader or a follower? That question can only be answered if you choose to believe that the two are mutually exclusive. A follower can just as easily become a leader, as leadership resides in your attitude. Leaders have qualities that influence and inspire. Some believe leadership is about control and authority, however, true leadership leads not with demands or expectations, but with discovery, responsibility and potential. One important attribute to emphasize when discussing leadership is failure, many great leaders throughout history faced massive obstacles, yet have persevered, despite it. Leadership begins within you, its effects on others can create positive change by helping one realize their greatness. Here are 7 blogs that are helpful in releasing your own potential leader.
- “Character is the real foundation of everything worthwhile.” Lolly Daskall’s blog presents the concept of leading from within. To be able to lead others you must lead yourself through change, acknowledgement and taking risks. To lead others you must understand their needs and offer support to develop and cultivate their goals.
- This blog offers a path to introspection regarding leadership and growth. Using the mindfulness practice of ‘Mussar’ to find your promise as a leader. He offers us 3 traits that will set us on course: humility, patience and order.
- A blog that centers on the necessity for compassion and empathy in leadership values. He rounds up his top ten leadership lessons from his ten years of experience, such a doing the unexpected and avoiding inertia.
- In 300 words or less, Dan Rockwell’s blog helps one navigate the terms that apply to leadership and highlights nuanced differences toward recognizing the authentic curiosity of a leader versus a manipulative one.
- Ted Bauer’s blog is a very entertaining read, he manages to debunk the concept of ‘thought leaders’ as having anything much of value to add to ideas on leadership. It is refreshing and begs us to travel from the realm of the deliberation of thoughts and into the world of action.
- This blog is interesting in that it challenges the sex role stereotypes that permeate our lives, even in the subtlest of ways, believing that they indeed can inform how we think and act. As a leader, if these stereotypes are in fact always bubbling in our subconscious, can they hinder our success? The only way to eliminate them is to do some regular self-reflection when faced with these stereotypes .
- A blog that helps us see the importance of a great story. Why does this matter for a leader? The answer is simple, no one is likely to resonate with anything that is devoid of emotion. Here we dive into the essence of great storytelling for presentations, etc.
Leaders must first and foremost persevere. With the conscious effort to maintain long term vision through whatever may hold one back from persisting, leadership can thrive. There is no one right way to lead, still, there is one common trait, that is wanting to empower yourself and others. Leading is not the be all end all, one cannot force someone to do something by just pointing them in the right direction equipped with tools and inspiration, the motivation to act must also be present. Leadership is about sharing knowledge that can benefit others that are open to it, as is exemplified by this popular quote: “You can lead a horse to water but you can’t make it drink.”
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Larissa Gomes is a breast cancer survivor and single mom to her spirited baby boy! Originally from Toronto turned Angeleno, she has worked in roles from writer, actor and producer for well over a decade. In that time, she’s developed concepts, film and television screenplays, short stories, along with freelance articles, blogging and editing work.