The gift of leadership.
Is leadership our gift to give or is it our gift to receive?
Some may say the gift of leadership is reciprocal. Great leadership given inspires commitment and dedication in return.
Some may argue leadership will not exist without followers.
Others may argue character, not followers, is what defines a leader.
I think it is something else.
Leadership is not something we can wrap up in a box and give to someone, nor is it something tangible others can give to us.
Leadership is a characteristic we intrinsically develop and nurture.
Leadership is a gift we give to ourselves.
Although quite valuable, leadership is not an expensive gift. On the contrary, leadership is quite affordable.
There is no cost involved in choosing to be impeccable to our word. We can all afford to remain open to new ideas. Being non-judgmental is within everyone’s budget.
There is no charge to see the world from an optimistic viewpoint rather than a pessimistic one. Leadership is about choice.
Leadership is about creativity. Leadership is not about seeing the glass half-empty or half-full. It’s about the value in seeing the glass filled half with water and half with air.
Leadership is about transparency. It’s about living by our core values, honoring our word to others, holding ourselves accountable, having a solid work ethic.
Leadership is about humility.
These are not characteristics you give to others, nor are they characteristics someone can give to you. They are certainly not characteristics one buys.
Leadership is, however, something you can give to yourself.
We all like to make a difference with the gifts we give. Think of the difference the gift of leadership will make for you.
There will be less conflict in your life. Your values will be aligned with the decisions you make.
No need to maintain different facades for different surroundings. Your life will be transparent. You will be the same person both at work and at home.
You will find yourself with more self-confidence. True integrity allows this when you walk your talk and become true to your word.
You are not going to find the gift of leadership under the Christmas tree
It’s not something available only on Cyber Monday.
No need to worry about standing in line on Black Friday.
The gift of leadership is already waiting for you. All you need to do is choose to open it.