Today, I am writing as a contributor to the Christian Writers Blog Chain. The theme for October is “Discovery.” If you are a Christian author or writer, be sure to check out Christianwriters.com to network with others.
One thing I truly believe is that everyone has leadership potential.
It’s not something you either have or don’t have. It’s a skill you can develop and discover along this journey of life.
Not everyone begins as a natural born leader. The good news is you’re able to develop and hone your leadership potential as you walk the path of a leader.
We find ourselves in various leadership positions without asking to be placed into the role.
It may be the day you find out you’re going to be a father. Or the time you see someone stranded along the road and decide to take action to help them. Or it may be when you’re promoted to the position of leadership for a job well done.
When you’re put into situations that call for you to lead, you begin to discover that you have it in you to perform.
What if you don’t find yourself in a situation like this? How can you discover your leadership potential?
- Put yourself out there: Offer your service and skills to the world. Take the first step. When you do, you’re stepping into the role of a leader. Leaders take steps to move forward. If you’re moving forward, you’re leading.
- Take an assessment: There are plenty of leadership assessments that can help you discover your leadership potential and skills. Check out Strengths-Based Leadership or StandOut. These strengths assessments will give you great direction towards your leadership potential. Use what you discover from these tests to develop your leadership skills.
- Attend a leadership conference: Conferences are plentiful. You can pick or chose the ones you would like to attend. My favorite leadership conference has been Catalyst Atlanta. The lineup cannot be beat and you will leave with more information than you could know what to do with. More than that, be sure to connect with one or two other conference attendees. You may get more from meeting other attendees than the whole conference.
If you’re looking to discover your leadership potential, using these three methods are sure-fire ways to do so. You’ll discover yourself, you’ll build you leadership skills, and you’ll increase your leadership knowledge.
“Contrary to the opinion of many people, leaders are not born. Leaders are made, and they are made by effort and hard work.”
— Vince Lombardi
Question: How are you discovering your leadership potential? Please share your thoughts in the comments section below.