By Barbara Russo
“Leaders are born not made,” or so the oft-quoted adage of dubious origin goes. While there is much to support this concept, I offer you a more expansive point of view. Think: “Field of Dreams.” It’s true, “if you build it they will come.”
While certain leadership traits such as courage and tenacity may be innate, there are many others that can be nurtured, developed and made operational. What it takes is identifying your personal leadership style and making the choice to be the leader you want to be. Here’s Shakespeare again, “to be or not to be,” that is the question.
We are called human beings, not human doings. “Being” is the operative word and action. Ask yourself:
What skills and abilities do you have?
Of these, which might you want to enhance?
What other skills might you want to incorporate?
How do you perceive yourself as a leader?
How do you want to be perceived?
What does being a leader mean to you?
These are just a few questions to begin the process of uncovering and identifying your personal leadership quotient.
As you begin to answer these questions how you define “leader” will become clearer and more meaningful. The clearer you can see this target, the more confidently you can move toward hitting the bull’s eye and become the leader you want to be. You get to make the choice. You get to define yourself on your own terms.
Barbara Russo is an executive and life coach who specializes in organizational growth and transitions. Learn more at RussoStrategics.com