Depending upon your personality, being labeled as “leader” can have either very good or very bad connotations. Some of us find ourselves in leadership positions without much effort or trepidation while others try and avoid the role like the plague. Regardless, I believe everyone is called to lead from time to time – and everyone can be a leader. If you’ve been asked to volunteer for a leadership position, it can be helpful to remember the ways you have been a leader in the past. Don’t think you’ve got any? Let me start with some common examples not often tied to the word “leadership.”
Some people often like to say that someone is “a born leader.” That may be true to a point for some, but most leaders aren’t born into leadership – they become leaders. Even those with natural leadership tendencies have to hone their skills.Those that appear to be “naturals” usually just started at an early age. But I believe anyone who wants to lead can if they follow these three simple leadership steps.
I love movies – lots of movies – but I particularly enjoy a “surprise” movie. A surprise movie is that movie you decide to go see because a friend wants to see it or the one you watch because there is nothing else on and you feel like vegging out on the couch. You expect it to be bad, or just okay, and then it turns out that it is really good. I felt that way about Legally Blonde. What could have been a completely ridiculous movie was surprisingly good. But I particularly loved the smart character of Elle Woods — everything you expect plus a whole lot you don’t expect!
As I was reading an article today on the Harvard Business Review blog I realized what great leadership skills Elle actually displayed throughout the movie. The pink-wearing, perky blonde is not our typical image of strong leadership, but read on and I think you might agree that we should all aspire to be a bit more like Elle; she’s an excellent example of strong leadership.