“I think leadership comes from integrity – that you do whatever you ask others to do. I think there are non-obvious ways to lead. Just by providing a good example as a parent, a friend, a neighbor makes it possible for other people to see better ways to do things. Leadership does not need to be a dramatic, fist in the air and trumpets blaring, activity.” – Scott Berkun
When you hear the words great leader, who comes to mind? If you’re like me you think of people like Martin Luther King Jr., Mahatma Gandi, Nelson Mandela, Franklin D Roosevelt, or Susan B. Anthony. We think of people who inspire cultural and personal transformation. They lead during times that challenged our humanity and made us better… stronger. These are truly great leaders.
My interest is not in great leaders, I’m interested in GREAT Leaders. GREAT Leaders are everyday individuals who inspire others and are inspired to be more, do more, and contribute more. Who are today’s GREAT Leaders? You are! I’m talking to you! I don’t care what your title is or what industry you work. You don’t care what your bank statement says, or what people think. You care about making a difference. You care about a cause. Everyone has the capacity to be a GREAT Leader. GREAT Leaders are ordinary people who inspire extraordinary change and transformation. They are GREAT fathers, GREAT mothers, GREAT friends, GREAT motivators, GREAT managers… GREAT people!
The first step to becoming a GREAT Leader is to believe you can be. You must own the responsibility. This is not a privilege or a right but an obligation to dedicate yourself to a plan that Mahatma Gandhi referred to as “becoming the change you wish to see in the world.” GREAT LIFE daily is a blog dedicated to providing you with the insight and tools to becoming GREAT; a GREAT man, woman, Leader. This site is not about theory, this is a solutions driven site with actionable steps. This first step is the toughest. Decide that you are dedicated to becoming GREAT and keep reading.