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By now, everyone has heard of Facebook and Twitter. Possibly Google+, Pinterest, and LinkedIn.

They’re all forms of social media. And, as a leader, YOU need to be on at least one of them.

Pat Flynn, over at Smart Passive Income, has a saying:

Be everywhere

The mantra of Be Everywhere has been the key to Pat Flynn’s success as he built a passive income empire. Along the way, he also created a rabid following who hangs on every word he says.

His strategy works. But it’s overwhelming to the beginner.

When you begin to think of updating Facebook, Twitter, Google+. Pinterest, LinkedIn, and who knows what new social media network comes out next, you can easily feel overwhelmed. I mean, you’ve got to BE EVERYWHERE! Right?

Wrong…

If you’ve ever watched or read the story of Sleeping Beauty, you know who Maleficent is. Maybe not by name but by her character. Maleficent, as portrayed in the original Sleeping Beauty tale, is the evil fairy who puts a curse on the baby Aurora.

You know the curse. It’s the one that promises when Aurora turns 16 she’s going to prick her finger on a spinning wheel and fall into a deep sleep.

Upon hearing about the new Disney movie Maleficent, to be completely honest, there was no real interest on my part to see the movie. Yet my wife wanted, so badly, to see Maleficent. (She’s a big Sleeping Beauty fan. So much so, our dog’s middle name is Phillip after the prince who kisses Sleeping Beauty)

Angelina Jolie in Disney's Maleficent

A Leader In Disguise

May 28, 2014 — 20 Comments

In Transformers, the Autobots and Decepticons were robots. They were also in disguise.

Depending on the series, the Transformers would take on different forms. During Beast Wars, the Transformers took the shape of animals. In the movies and most of the other Transformers series, they took the form of vehicles or household items.

The cartoon was entertaining as most of the cast didn’t know there were robots in disguise going about their business right in front of them. This got me thinking. Are you a leader in disguise?

A leader in disguise

Image by e.r.w.i.n.

You may think you’re not in a position of leadership. You’re just an employee doing your job. You have no title or position of authority.

Thoughts of hopelessness and frustration may overwhelm you as you think you have no power to change the organization. You’d be wrong though. You have power. You have authority.

Do you dream of having hundreds, no thousands, no millions of followers? People who will listen to what you have to say and follow every piece of advice you lay out before them?

This sounds like a dream come true. With a huge following, you’ve made it to the big time. Everyone wants a piece of you.

One of my recent TV addictions has been the TV show The Following. The protagonist is Joe Carroll, an author, teacher, and serial killer. He’s also generated a massive following from behind bars.

His followers include police officers, school teachers, nannies, and more.

Carroll’s followers rival anything I’ve ever seen before. You can’t turn anywhere in this TV universe without running into one of them.

For Carroll, this was a partial Nirvana. He had people who loved and adored him.

When I first moved into a leadership role my passions overpowered my leadership abilities. I was naive about what it required to be an effective leader. However, through my personal growth and hands on experience I quickly learned what it would take for me, a young leader, to be successful in my role.

Knowing and adapting some irrefutable leadership principles into your life will position you toward being a successful leader. I would like to share with you 5 keys that will help you be a successful leader.

5 Keys To Leadership

Image by Brenda Clarke

1. Self-leadership- To be successful and effective in a leadership role requires being able to lead yourself successfully. Chinese philosopher Kao Tzu said, “Mastering others is strength. Mastering yourself is true power.” Start by learning about your unique self, your personality, strengths, and emotional tendencies. After you know yourself begin to manage your actions and attitude. This will show people you are worth following.