We Are All Leaders
Everyone develops leadership qualities personally and professionally in different ways. Many people may not even aspire to be leaders, but “accidentally” end up being role models for others.
You can become a leader very early in your career. It does not necessarily mean that you are a loud “rah rah” person. You don’t have to run around the office “high fiving” everyone, or be super enthusiastic every minute of the day!
I have been very interested in sports leadership for years, and the one who set the bar the highest in hockey since the early 1980’s was Mark Messier. Not only was he known for winning 5 championships, his fierce competitiveness, and leadership qualities, but he was confident. Those who follow hockey closely will remember when he guaranteed victory in the 1994 Stanley Cup Playoffs while playing for the New York Rangers. Not only did they win that game, but they won it all for the first time in 54 years!
For every Mark Messier, there are many others who quietly lead by example in sports, business, and every day life. I always love the comment,
“They don’t speak up very often, but when they do everyone stops in their tracks to listen.”
Those quiet people are also leading and providing great value.
When I first got in to business, my perception of leadership was very one-sided. I thought that managers and executive management were the only ones who were leaders. Many of them did motivate and inspire their teams, but others unfortunately did not understand the importance of being a positive influence on others.
You can start showing leadership qualities from the moment you start a new role. Focus on things like:
- Care about the job that you are doing, your customers, and everyone around you
- Having a strong work ethic, and becoming a “go to employee”
- Being the type of person that others want to be around
- Doing the “little things”, and being attentive to details
- Doing more than is expected of you
- “That is not my job” is not in your vocabulary
- Taking advice and criticism as a professional
- Being open to learning
- Supporting team mates and encouraging them
- Celebrating their wins, and supporting their losses
- Being enthusiastic & positive
- Having lots of energy
Before you know it, people will start to look up to you and aspire to be like you. They notice that you have taken steps forward and have become promotable sooner than most.
Everyone has leadership qualities in some way, shape or form. The million dollar questions are:
- Are you using them? And better yet…
- Do you want to use them?
Take stock of how you are leading now, and how you may want to lead in the future.
Shhhh… I will tell you a little secret.
You might actually like it if you don’t already!
Posted on July 10, 2012, in Leadership, Mentor, Sales, Success, Team Work and tagged Management, Mark Messier, New York Rangers, NHL, Rewind. Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.
Great post Tim. Leadership has very little to do with title or how audibly “rah rah” a person is. It’s about an attitude and about comittment. It’s about not caring who gets the credit as long as the job gets done and gets done well. BTW … my husband is a huge, huge Messier fan. Fromwhat he says, Messier was a great hockey player and a humble man.
Hey Laurie! You are so right in saying that it is about attitude and commitment. In case your husband does not know, a major street in Edmonton is named after Mark Messier.
I drive down it every day. Thanks again for stopping by
Tim, a great reminder that: leadership = influence. Every day we all have opportunities to influence those around us. Influence others enough and you get handed a title of leader, but the title just acknowledges what you’ve been doing all along.
Broc! You bet influence is the key to all of this. Many people never get labeled with the title of leader, but they have been leading all along.
Have a great night and thanks for stopping by!
The title drew me in;) it’s a bit of my mantra. Great perspective.
Thanks Amanda. Simple but effective title. I appreciate the RT over on Twitter as well. Enjoy your day 🙂
I liked the inspiring title; I believe that all people do have the potential to lead!
I think that leaders also focus on keeping an open mind. They consider all ways of doing things. But they aren’t afraid to make a decision and commit to whatever method they deem best for a particular project.