We’ve all had moments when we questioned our leadership skills and asked ourselves how effective we’re being. Over the years leadership has been perceived as a skill beyond reach, and leaders in question were categorized as more talented, or just lucky. Most people find themselves feeling like imposters because they felt unprepared to become leaders, or they never fully realized that they exhibited leadership skills and were viewed as leaders despite what they believed of themselves.
A common misconception that people may still hold is that a leader is someone in a CEO/VP/ Director role. Fortunately, this is not always the case. However, systemic workplace structures convinced us that leadership should be, someone with a title. Which led most to believe they may not be leaders until they achieve these ranks.
To clarify, I believe that leaders come in a variety of facets and lived experiences. And yes, those with titles are leaders too, in fact, a lot of leaders have big titles within their organization because of their strong leadership background. However, a leader is so much more than the titles and degrees or certifications.
Leaders often find ways to inspire others to do the right thing. Titles could potentially leave many complacent, entitled, or blindsided. But, when one understands the true responsibility that is required of a leader, they often could care less about how others choose to classify them.
Personally, I’ve always seen being a leader as the ability to influence positive change. Because, if one cannot exhibit leadership attributes without a title or power, are they really leading?
How do you know you’re a making a difference as a leader? Ask yourself these self-reflective question:
o What makes a good leader?
o What kind of leader am I?
o Where can I apply my leadership knowledge? Skill? Experience?
o What difference am I making in my and others’ lives and how does it impact those around me?