They say some people are just "Born Leaders." As a kid, my mother and many others used to tell me that I was a "natural born leader." The way my mother tells it, I was 7 in Girl Scouts and she came to see a production that the Scouts put on. She asked the mom in charge at the end of the production how it was put together and she said, "Heidi wrote it, directed in it and starred in it." My proud mother quickly proclaimed, "she's a born leader."
Despite my mom's urban legend, I simply don't believe that people are really born leaders. True leadership requires a deep understanding of what others need, want and envision - we are simply not born with this cognitive ability. But I DO believe that there are many leaders in our daily lives, individuals whom we may not recognize as leaders, yet their leadership is clearly present.
John Quincy Adams once said, “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”
Who does this make you think of?
I think of a Parent.
Our children do not know what they want as infants, we pave the way of Opportunity in front of them to inspire them to DREAM. We provide them the tools to go to school and teach them at home so they continually LEARN. We inspire our children to always DO more. We encourage our children to BECOME all that they can be. The Leadership Role we have as parents within our homes is more significant than any other role we play.
A great quote by John Maxwell said,
Personally, I want a leader who has walked in my shoes, struggled to achieve greatness and can bask with me in the glory of my accomplishment.
It's not about being born a leader, it's really about Seeing It, Believing It, and Walking the walk, Talking the talk, and Leading the Team down the Road into its Future. A Very Bright Future!
Until the Next Time…
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