Do you know where you are going? Do you want to be a Leader? These are two of the many questions you have to answer to become a Leader. First and foremost to be a Leader you have to be going somewhere.
Now this may seem to be an over simplification of what it takes to be a Leader. Of course it is an over simplification. These are just the first two questions you have to ask yourself before you can even dream of being a Leader. Do you want to be a Leader? If the answer is “Yes” then you have to be going somewhere. Are you going somewhere? If the answer is “Yes” then you have to ask yourself if you want to be a Leader.
Again, seems simple doesn’t it. I know some people who have a full head of steam, and they were going places. The thing about them is they did not want to be Leader. They know where they want to go, but they are perfectly happy being loners or doing things on their own terms. Then there are people who want to be Leaders, but they are not going anywhere. This to me is a very frustrating place to be; because you see, people who want to be Leaders but don’t know where they are going do not want to see you get where you are going.
This post is not going to answer all of the questions a Leader will have to answer. No, this post is just to state a simple fact. To be a Leader you need to be going somewhere. See if you are just running around in circles, people will notice. They may even ask you, “Where are you going?” You may or may not have answer, and the answer may or may not be true. Some people may just follow you. They may ask you “Where you are going,” or ask if you need help. Do you have an honest answer? Sooner or later, if you are just running around in circles, people will not follow you any longer. To be a Leader you need to be going somewhere.
Where am I going with all of this? Good question. I know some people who are incredibly driven, but they are not Leaders. They do not explain where they are going to the people around them. I know some people who want to be Leaders, but they really don’t have a plan worth signing up to follow. They usually spend a lot of time throwing stones at other people’s lives. If you have somewhere you are going, and can see the value of working as a team, then maybe just maybe you have want it takes to be a Leader.
Now there are many more items on the list. You have to be able to explain where you are going and why, if you want people to follow you. You may have to challenge people to step up their game to keep up with you. You may have to slow down a minute so you do not tear the team apart. You may have to teach people how they fit into where you are going, but it is all worth. Bottom line though, to be a Leader you have to be going somewhere.
Again, this post is not about all the things it takes to be a Leader. No, it is just to state the simple fact, you have to get up and do something to merit being a Leader. You can not just be running around in circles yelling “Follow me!” After a while, people will get tired of spending a lot of energy to get no where. There needs to be a plan, there needs to be a goal, and there needs to be a purpose. If people are going to follow you, they deserve to know where you are going. If you want to be a Leader, you need to be going somewhere.