What Makes You a Leader?
By Rylie Seaver, National President
What makes you a leader? In our organization, that is the million-dollar question. I want you to picture what a perfect leader looks like. Do you have that picture? The person that you pictured may be leader, but he or she is not a perfect leader. That is because there is no general example of a perfect leader!
I can’t tell you all how many times I’ve heard the heartbreaking phrase, “I just don’t think I have what it takes to be a leader.” I genuinely feel that every single person already leads something, somehow, in their own way. I have never worked on a team where there wasn’t someone who led behind the scenes, someone who led in front of a camera, someone who led with their words, or someone who led with their ability to be honest no matter what. And still, that does not even come close to encompassing all of the different ways to lead.
I have never been one to love the camera’s attention, I’m hardly ever up to date on my pop culture, and I will forever be utterly technologically challenged. Nevertheless, I have somehow established myself as a leader in this world. This is because I discovered that I don’t need any of that stuff to lead. I just need to be myself, love people, and use the talents that I have to make the world a better place. I do that through my words. I love to write, inspire, and speak. Nothing makes me feel on top of the world more than using my words, using my voice to empower others to make a difference.
So, my fellow leaders, do not try to conform yourself to what you perceive a leader is or should be. Instead, ask yourself, “What do I have to offer this world?” I once heard a speaker say, “The world hands you nothing, but offers you everything.” The point is that you are offered the opportunity to make a difference. A leader realizes this opportunity and runs with it in their own direction. Use your skills, cultivate your talents, and lead for the right reasons.
Now, picture a leader.
The person you should see is…you!
Rylie Seaver, National President