A person’s position in an organization or on a team has very little to do with leading others. Some people think, “When I get to the top, then I’ll lead” or “When I get promoted, then I’ll act like a leader.” These people overestimate the importance of a leadership title. It’s not the title that makes a leader; it’s the ability to keep people focused and moving forward through challenges, adversities and setbacks, as well as through good times and victories.
Your beliefs, attitudes and state of mind determine your status as a leader. It is also determined by the decisions you make and the actions you take. You can choose to sit back, watch problems unfold and say, “It’s not my job to try and fix this.” Or you can choose to step up – wherever you are in the organization – and do something about it by asking, “How can I help this situation?”
While most people think only about the day-to-day tasks they need to perform, visionary leaders consistently think about the future. They see a problem, develop a solution, and then go out and connect with people, influence them and make things happen. That’s what sets them apart from those who show up just to earn a paycheck.