Years ago my history teacher told our class a phrase which has always stuck with me: Everything rises and falls on leadership.
As the years passed and I observed business, political, and everyday life events, I believe more than ever this statement to be true.
People want to be led. Let me clarify: they do not want to be bossed. No one wants to be bossed. Bossing is selfish, blames, fosters fear, and is a user. A true leader gives, inspires a team atmosphere, asks questions, and values those around them. Effective leadership requires dedication and a willingness to be genuine, vulnerable, and enthusiastic. A leader isn’t just someone “in charge” or in a management position.
Proverbs 29:18 states “Where there is no vision the people perish”. This is true in both life and in business. If you have no direction and no purpose very little will be accomplished. Not only that but not having a vision causes a feeling a powerlessness which leads to stress and feeling defeated day after day.
It is imperative to first be a leader to yourself and then you will be able to lead others. Launch your vision today. Start with something small and attainable like a short walk, finishing a book you’ve been reading, or writing an entry in a journal. Accomplishing simple things are the gateway to accomplishing bigger things.
Success begets success and once you become invested in your vision you will engage and help guide those around you.