There is not a day that goes by that we are not leading in some part of our life. Whether it’s as a professional, a business person, a parent or a community member, someone is listening and watching or that we are interacting with and therefore we are leading.
Do you think of yourself as a leader? Do you enjoy leading? As you were growing up, did people tell you that you had natural leadership qualities? Perhaps you are someone who this comes naturally (or not) for. It doesn’t really matter. It is important to realize the impact that you have.
If you don’t see yourself as a leader, you are leading and your probably just don’t realize it. Why? The reason is because we are all leaders, simply because of our influence. Whatever you believe, think, value, feel, or say influences your behavior. These are all the result of your mindset and your mindset affects the impact you have on those around you.
This attitude and mindset impacts much of our behavior, and our behavior produces specific results. If we are the leaders of our lives, in our work, and in our relationships, the results we get matter very much. Are we getting the results we desire and having the impact we want, or are we experiencing unwanted results and outcomes? By looking at the relationship between our mindset, our behavior, and our impact we can integrate all three components in an effective and satisfying way. We can incorporate leadership qualities and engage in leadership behaviors that generate the results we really want.
Your impact may be subtle or it may be profound, little or big, obvious or not so obvious; positive, neutral, or negative. Whatever the impact, you are leading and the way you think about what you are doing can have a huge impact on the results.
Observe your impact as it’s reflected back to you and by watching those around you and their actions. Observe your actions as you execute them, and observe your mindset and what you choose to focus on.
By focusing on the leader within you, and the positive outcome you hope to accomplish, you have an ever-ready tool to use any time that you are not getting results you desire. That’s a tool worth keeping in your toolbox, wouldn’t you say? Feel free to comment below about a tool or leadership/mindset focus that you plan to work on for the next 2 weeks.