What does being a leader mean to you?
Does it mean someone who is in charge of a company? Is it a parent? Does that person have to make a lot of money to be a leader?
What defines a leader?
First and foremost, a true leader is a person of good character. No matter how much money you make or what position you hold, you are not a leader if your character does not say you are…
According to John Maxwell, there are 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader. But, do you know what they are or how to live a life that emanates them? Let’s start by discussing the first quality.
The first of those indispensable laws is CHARACTER!
Did I surprise you? And, no, I am not talking about SpongeBob… Good character but different definitions for both “good” and “character.”
If you look at Webster’s dictionary, there are multiple definitions of the word character. The one that John Maxwell and other leadership experts think of when they talk about leadership is this one, “A person’s good reputation.”
Think about that for a moment…
Do you have a good reputation? When others think of you, what do they think about? Do they see someone who is an example of who they want to be? Do they see someone they want to follow?
If the answer is yes, then you are on the right track. For, without good character, you can’t lead because no one will follow. No one wants to have a bad reputation. Even those who lead people in the wrong direction want to be seen as having a good reputation. I think the word “good” needs to be defined as well.
What is “good?”
The definition some people use for the word is being superior. Superiority alone won’t draw people to follow you, unless it is done by fear. But, that isn’t true leadership. True leaders use this definition of “good,” “Possessing or displaying moral virtue.”
Moral virtue = values…
Being a leader is living a life that is founded in values we can all agree on. Values such as kindness, empathy, awareness, integrity, authenticity, vision, courage… Leaders demonstrate values that people across different religions, varied faith, diverse cultures, disparate countries, and contrasting belief systems share.
Values are not divisive; they are unifying.
Leadership is not fear; it is connection.
Good means having values. Reputation is character. Good character is the foundation of leadership. Leadership is having a character that is firmly rooted in values and that creates trust so people want to follow.
Are you a leader?
Even if you aren’t today, you can be in the future. Your story only makes you a stronger leader when you overcome.
Be a leader. Make a choice to learn how, today.
Be Amazing. Be Brilliant. BeYOUtiful.