During my whitewater rafting trip, I had the opportunity to take a plunge. Literally, off the side of a cliff.
The plunge was scary. The height from which we jumped seemed like it may shatter a bone.
Yet after I jumped off of the ledge, it was thrilling. There was a sense of freedom knowing I was able to plunge 40 feet and come out unscathed.
How similar is this to our leadership journey?
The decision to climb up the cliff was mine. No one forced me or coerced me. I willingly made the journey to a spot I knew would be difficult.
Our path into leadership starts the same way. We make a choice to begin leading. We take the responsibility of leadership and we walk with it.