Leadership: Everything It’s Cracked Up to Be?
A leadership role is never an easy one to take on, and that’s probably a good thing. The hard work that comes along with growing into an effective leader gives you the tools you need to meet challenges head-on. And without challenges, why would we need leaders?
By teaming up with WorldVentures, you’ve already demonstrated a key aspect of leadership: initiative. What’s next?
We all struggle to stay motivated sometimes, but effective leaders have to be proactive about feeling inspired. Rather than waiting for inspiration, leaders are responsible for starting their own engines. It’s an inside job.
A direct sales role, for example, is driven to success by your desire to achieve greatness, shattering expectations along the way. Is that desire strong enough to propel you forward? Focus on your goals, and let that sense of purpose inspire you to inspire others.
It’s not a crime to want to be liked, but some people fall victim to valuing their reputation as a friend over their reputation as a leader. Find a balance between the two. Those who are competent at what they do command respect, and those who are kind get all the friends. It might take a little extra effort, but you can manage both.
Not every venture is a successful one, and leaders are usually the ones who bear the brunt of failure. It’s enough to put a damper on anyone’s spirit, but there’s little time to sit and sulk. People depend on you, and that means you must be quick to recover. It’s not easy, but that doesn’t make it impossible. It’s all about perspective. Before Microsoft, Bill Gates started a company that floundered thanks to a product that no one wanted to buy. But it taught him invaluable lessons that he used to go on to be worth over $76 billion.
Think of each failure as a learning experience. Although we’re forced to go through life pretending to always know the next step, we’re bound to occasionally lose our footing. The (bumpy) road to success is paved with trials and errors.
It’s a tough gig, but someone has to do it. As a leader, you’ll be faced with unique obstacles that might make leading seem like more trouble than it’s worth. Keep looking forward. The way you deal with these hurdles could make you realize the value of your role.