Somehow you landed on this article on leadership. Somehow, something within you has drawn you towards this possibility. Were you meant to stay in the shadows or were you meant to become a leader? If you question the possibility, let me answer it plainly: Yes, it’s absolutely possible. It may even be necessary. In the military, no one stays a private forever. Neither can you.
What is Leadership?
Leadership is the quality of moving others to your will because of their trust in you. It is an essential quality if you plan to succeed in business or succeed as an entrepreneur.
How to know if you’re a leader?
In essence, you are the leader if you are recognized, above everyone else around you, as the relevant subject matter expert and the one with the greatest self-confidence. To find out the 3-steps to becoming a leader, jump to the bottom.
The qualities of a leader
Subject matter expert
When discussing a subject, if you’re the expert, you’re the leader. If you’re among peers of equal knowledge, if you know more about related subjects, you’re still the leader.
For example, in a survival situation, if you can make a fire and no else can, you’re the leader. However, if there’s someone who can make a fire and create a shelter, he becomes the leader.
If you’re among peers of equal broad-gauge expertise, if you are known as an authority in your field among a larger group of people, you’re the leader.
For example, in a survival situation, if you had to choose between a local outdoor enthusiast, a provincial survival teacher or a national army special forces ranger, you’d choose the ranger.
If you’re all of equal standing in authority, if you project the greatest self-confidence, you’re the leader.
For example, if there’s two survival teachers, but one gets nervous in front of others, the other who doesn’t becomes the leader.
If you’re all of equal caliber in everyone’s eyes, if you’re the most respected, you’re the leader.
For example, between two survival teachers, we tend to follow the one who we more easily gravitate to. Whether they are more level-headed, more caring, or more generous, as long as we have a greater respect for that person in that field, we’ll follow him.
Finally, if everything is still equal, it comes down to the reality and greatness of your vision. If you can convince everyone about the realism of your vision, and if your vision is the most grand, you’re the leader.
For example, in a survival situation, between two leaders of equal confidence and expertise, if one is able to convince the group that they should stay put and wait for rescue while another can convince the group to venture towards civilization, if the hope of civilization sparks a greater light in the people, the latter will be the leader.
Everything mentioned above uses examples from survival situations. That’s because business is about survival. The best leaders and entrepreneurs happen to share the same qualities as excellent military officers.
The simple 3-step process to becoming a leader
Taking everything mentioned above, to build leadership:
- Believe in yourself (builds self-confidence, respect and perception)
- Study your craft and everything related to it (builds subject matter and broad-gauge expertise)
- Gain experience in the real world (builds your reach and helps you craft and convey your vision)
Among a group of peers, if you more strongly believe in yourself and if you have studied, tried, failed and succeeded more than anyone else around you, you’re the leader.
Entrepreneurship is not beyond you because leadership is not beyond you. Both are available to you. If you can carry the greater weight, others will lean on you.
How do I know this is true? For 15 years, I’ve observed group dynamics in universities, companies, ministry groups, volunteer groups and the military. All the leaders I’ve followed had these qualities in abundance. With practice, you can to.
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