You are either leading or following and there in no middle ground.
Leadership skills are learned. Leaders are made. Leadership is also not exclusive to role, domain or title. Leadership is as much skill as it is attitude. Great leaders learn how to scale and duplicate. They learn how to lead change by creating vision, urgency, advocacy and how to lever small victories into corporate success.
We’ve all heard it – S*** rolls down hill. Well so does energy, enthusiasm, wisdom, confidence and drive. If your goal is to be a fantastic leader, you first must learn how to deliver all news, bad and good, with a smile on your face.
Executive leadership is very much like climbing a mountain. There are many ways to accent the base, but as you get close to the peak, your paths become limited and eventually there is only one way to the top.
Leadership is also a team game and the bigger the organization, the bigger the team. Unlike climbing alone, every step the leader takes will impact everyone in his/her organization. Thoughtfulness and planning is critical.