Do You Really Want to Lead?

Posted by on Apr 17, 2012 in coaching, leadership, Life Coach | 0 comments

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A Leadership Proverb: “He who thinks he leads, but has no followers, is only taking a walk.” So, do you want to lead, or just take a walk?

Today, Michael Hyatt has a great post on his site, “12 Ways to Know if You are a Leader”. Highly worth reading, as is about everything on his site. I loved the list so much I wanted to add some annotations to it here. Hyatts list is bold and my notes follow.

1. You long to make a difference. This doesn’t mean you have the skills to make an impact (yet), but it is your desire. This starting point is vital. If you don’t want impact don’t frustrate others by trying to lead them

2. You’re discontent and dissatisfied with the status quo. Don’t be in love with ‘change just for the sake of change’ either.

3. You’re not waiting on a bigger staff or more resources to accomplish your vision. You’re willing to start right now, right where you are.

4. Your dreams are so big they seem impossible. So big that they might just very well be God sized.

5.  You acknowledge what is but inevitably ask, “What could be? As a coach, this is one of the things I love to help people with. Measure where you are, dream of where you’d like to be and THEN take the steps to get there

6. You realize that you don’t have to be in charge to have significant influence. If you HAVE to be on the stage, being the one giving orders, you might be a performer and not a leader.

7. You refuse to blame others for your circumstances and take responsibility for finding solutions. Creative problem solving can change the world.

8.  You foster unity by bringing people together and encouraging dialogue. Unity > Your Agenda.

9. You are quick to say, “I messed up. Here’s what I am going to do to fix the problem I created.” I am only willing to follow people who are willing to say this.

10. You value relationships more than tasks. People are the one thing in the universe in which God has a vested interest. Maybe you should too.

11. You walk your talk—not perfectly but sincerely and intentionally. I Love the statement about sincerity here. you don’t have to say “Look at me. See how well I am walking”. Just walk well, and people will follow.

12. You are a learner. You read, listen to podcasts, attend conferences, and ask other leaders lots of questions. Humility to ask meaningful questions is the start of genuine growth.

What are your favorites on this list? Which ones feel like nonsense to you? I’d love to hear about it.

The mission of Matthew Reed Coaching is “To make the world a more effective and God honoring place, through coaching.” I love to help people genuinely experience the life they have always wanted. I’d be thrilled to be able to share with you the power of coaching.”

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