Be the leader you want to follow

leader you want to follow

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!)

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