You’re A Leader, Stop Waiting

Do you remember when you were younger and in a situation where an adult wasn’t around? Those times would either be really good or really bad.

Growing up I was taught about leadership and even saw it demonstrated in my home but during those times when no leader was around, I was as bad as everybody else.

Image by Mo Riza

Image by Mo Riza

There were times though when I knew I should step up and be the leader, be the voice of reason in all the chaos but I told myself that no one left me in charge.

Part of me just wanted to be “cool” like everyone else but another part of me was waiting to be told that I could be and was a leader.

Fast forward to today and too many of us are still waiting to be “picked.” To be told that we’re leaders instead of actually leading.

If you want to be a leader, lead

Here’s one lesson I should have learned back then, I didn’t need anyone to tell me I could and should lead. I could lead by stepping up and doing what was right.

This is a lesson I hope you truly grasp, you don’t need anyone’s permission, you don’t need to get picked, just lead!

For too long we’ve been trained to go with the flow and don’t ruffle any feathers but at this point we need strong leaders who won’t be afraid to step up. We need you to step up!

When you’re at work and there’s a lack of strong leadership, step up and lead. Don’t attempt to lead by being bossy and micro managing, lead by example.

When you’re in any situation that requires strong leadership step up, when everyone else is running the other way, step up and say stop!

People respect action and they respect a leader who’s willing to do hard work, they respect a leader who understands the concept of servant leadership.

If you have been waiting stop, just lead. You’re a leader when you start leading. You have everything you need, all that’s required is you stepping up.

We really need you to lead

There are so many great and strong leaders but we still need more. More then that, people in your immediate world need your strong leadership.

If you are going to be a strong leader you need to lead with action, talk is cheap and people can spot a talker.

Strong action inspired leadership changes the world and in case you haven’t turned on the news, we need a little changing.

We need you and your unique voice, we need what you have to offer but only if you’re willing to step up and stop waiting for someone to tell you what you already know in your heart.

Are you waiting to be picked or have you stepped up? Are you willing to lead?

Question: What can you do to lead today? Please share your thoughts in the comment section below.

This is a guest post by Kimanzi Constable who is a former bread delivery guy turned best-selling author (80,000 copies sold).  He is an international speaker and life coach  who helps people figure out what their dreams are and how to make them a reality.

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  • “Stepping up” is great advice! It reminds me of the show “What would you do?” in which “fake” scenarios are presented to people in real-life situations to see how people will react…whether they will speak up, or stay silent.

    Speaking up and stepping up and doing the right thing not only helps to solve the problem, but make you a “hero” in the eyes of others (although helping solve the problem should be enough of a reason to step up)!

    • Lorraine, thanks for bringing back memories of that show. It’s been awhile since watching it but it was always entertaining and showed that people still do step up to the challenge of doing right.

      Is there anything you can do today that would help you take the next step in your journey?

      • Funny you should ask. I just created my very second (not first) Slideshare presentation! It worked, too! I used the presentation program in Open Office and uploaded it to Slideshare. I will be embedding it in a post on my blog in the near future!

        Experimenting with and learning new things is something I do to improve myself. For me, this means stepping outside my comfort zone when dealing with techie stuff, because I am the most non-techie person I know!

        It’s great, though, when I am successful at doing something! Of course, it helps that the programs kinda do it for me!!!

    • Thanks Lorraine and very good points!

  • Good post on leadership 🙂

    • Sumit, thanks for the comment! Kimanzi did a fantastic job encouraging us to get up and start leading. What steps can you take today to lead?

      • Yeah sure, we can start with ourselves. You know the fact that “self resolution is is more important than anything else”. So keep leading the way and make positive energy all around 🙂

    • Thanks Summit 🙂

  • One of the ways I stepped up to lead in former job was to take on responsibilities that others were unwilling to do. This enhanced my leadership by learning to do things outside of what I was accustomed to doing. When others saw me lead without permission they were willing to follow my leadership.

    • That is a great real life example brother!

      • Love that Bernard. Not only did you get work done, you learned new skills!

  • Isn’t it interesting that good leadership requires a decision? The decision to take on the responsibility of leadership. I admire those who want to serve others by taking on that responsibility. It’s not easy but it can be meaningful and fulfilling.

    • Very good point Adam, we have to make that decision!

    • That’s the crux of leadership. It’s all about making choices that will enhance the lives of others, ours included Adam.

  • If the kitchen area at work is a mess, a good leader doesn’t make a sign tell co-workers to straighten up. He cleans it up.

  • Kimanzi,

    Great post! I agree and sometimes am guilty of remaining silent. We have to being willing to always separate ourselves from the crowd and stand up

    • Yes we do TJ! If we sit around silent, nothing will ever change.

  • Kimanzi, Sorry we missed each other last week in Milwaukee. Great thoughts, here.

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  • Pioneer Outfitters

    This cracks me up, Kimanzi. Not the lesson, mind you, but the tone that you write with: “If you have been waiting stop, just lead. You’re a leader when you start
    leading. You have everything you need, all that’s required is you
    stepping up.” Lol, I have my own that is exactly like this and most probably said in the same tone: “You are a GUIDE dammit. GUIDE!” Sigh.

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