My definition of leadership may be different from yours. When you think of leadership, you may think of CEOs, managers, and anyone else with a leadership title. When I think of leadership I only think of the impact that one can have on the life of another person.
Actually, the more CEOs that I talk to, I find that they come in contact with far less people than someone who is in the trenches, day after day. Of course, there’s an exception to this rule of CEOs seeing less people than others, but for the most part, this idea remains true.
Wherever your career has you right now, know that you must have contact with other people in order to lead with your life. Actually, this is the idea that birthed this website, Leadership in Life.
When people don’t come in contact with the people who hold leadership positions, does this mean that they will never experience someone displaying leadership with their life? Does this mean that if one never holds a leadership position, that they will never be able to lead? This sounds like a terrible waiting game if you ask me.
“If I could only maybe, hopefully, someday, reach the pinnacle of success, then and only then will I be able to lead.” If that’s the idea that runs through your head constantly, then I have news for you. You can lead with your life, right now. I have told you before that successful people pick themselves, instead of waiting to be picked, and this idea shows you why.
So, how can you lead with your life? That’s where the articles I post every day come into play. Many people like to separate self-help and business, but my mission is to combine the two; a hybrid, if you will. You must first learn how to better your own life if you ever expect to lead with your life, whether you are an employee, or in leadership. Then you can take the concepts that I give you on a daily basis, and use them to better your work, and to create better relationships wherever you may go.
If we are all doing our job, then leadership is found in the way we live, not only the words we speak and the title that has been placed on us due to our tenure. Everyone has something to offer. When our individual impact can be leveraged in a way that another person’s outlook and life as a whole is changed, you have done your part. Stop waiting for a title; you can lead with who you already are, and what you already have.