I have studied leadership for more than 25 years  in which I have seen the good, the bad and the ugly. Through the years in the Marines and in the corporate world I have found that there are generally two types of people in leadership: Those who announce (generally repetitively) they are in charge and those who lead humbly. Being in a leadership position or having a title doesn’t make a person a leader. The test for all of us is to ask, “Is anyone following?”

A Marine I once knew had a sign above his desk that read,

“If you have to tell people you’re in charge, you’re not.”

Innovative leaders don’t have to muscle their way to get people to follow…they attract people who are eager to follow. If you or I begin to find that leading and/or getting people to follow us difficult, it might be time to reevaluate what we are doing. Leadership isn’t about dictatorship but rather it’s all about servantship. Are we serving those we lead by listening? Are we truly considering their ideas? When was the last time you or I went to bat for them in a tough situation?

Please take a moment and share a story about someone you respect as a leader and why.

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