One of the phrases that has stuck in my mind over the years is “be the kind of leader you want to follow.” You’ve probably heard that before – it’s nothing new or original. But impactful? Yes! You may be embarking on a new chapter in your life, one that includes leadership for the first time. You may be stepping into a different leadership position. No matter what part of the leadership journey you are on, I challenge you to think about how you can become the kind of leader that you would want to follow.
I want to follow a leader who is passionate about the vision and exudes that passion to everyone around them.
I want to follow a leader who is constantly asking how they can improve and what they can do to make their team stronger.
I want to follow a leader who listens to my questions and helps me find the answer. I don’t want them to always give me the answer, but I need them to point me in the right direction.
I want to follow a leader who prays for me.
I want to follow a leader who looks for opportunities to build me up.
I want to follow a leader who asks “what can I do to help you?”
I want to follow a leader who invests in me.
I look at this list of characteristics and already see so many ways that I need to improve as a leader. I see things that I need to start doing, or do better. I challenge you to come up with your own list of what kind of leader you would want to follow – and then become that leader yourself!
(You may need to learn how to become a good follower before you know what kind of leader to become. Read Follow the Leader!)