Churchill, Jobbs, Gandhi, Lincoln, Patton. All names that most of us are familiar with, and many think of them as great leaders in history. But they all have two things in common: they are no longer with us and they all gave credit to a greater leader than themselves.
When a leader is looked to on all occasions as the one with the answers, pressure builds up quickly and the stress that results when you realize you don’t have the answer is debilitating. Luckily, leader of today do not need to lead from a position at the front of the pack. Instead, true leaders must lead from within it.
It’s important to always be looking to those you admire for inspiration, and remain professional and up-to-date by engaging in hands-on training constantly. The age-old perception that learning stops when you get to the top was always wrong, and now it can even be dangerous to your business.
So who guides you? What publications, blogs, and writers do you read from? What training courses, seminars, and consultants do you attend? How engaged are you with your business? If the answer is less than inspiring, you need a reality check.
Today, the fastest, most agile and innovative companies are the top dogs – not the massive corporations. You need to begin thinking of the world as they do, and not be afraid to look for new ways to learn.