Leadership Begins with One
Posted on November 2, 2015 by Christophor Jurin ’10 (B.S.) ’14 (MBA).
Christophor Jurin ’10 (B.S.) ’14 (MBA) received his B.S. in business administration in 2010 and his MBA in executive global leadership in 2014 from Delaware Valley University. He is now the CEO at Construct-Ed Inc.
What makes a person a leader? Does the presence of followers automatically make someone a leader? If so, how many followers does it take to make a leader? What makes a leader good?
Defining leadership is a difficult undertaking. You may look toward contemporary society for examples to help define leadership. The world may define leadership as individuals having power over the masses and who can compel the masses to follow the leader through coercion. But is this type of tyrannical behavior how leaders should relate to their followers?
"You do not lead by hitting people over the head—that's assault, not leadership." —Dwight D. Eisenhower
When considering how leaders are supposed to act, start by asking yourself who was the best leader that you ever knew? What characteristics did they have that made you consider them a great leader? What behaviors did they model that you would like to see duplicated by other leaders or even by yourself?
Chances are fairly good that the leaders whom you admire most are leaders who speak with both their words and their actions. They didn’t sit in their ivory towers handing down directions to their subjects. The best leaders are those who approach from a servant leadership position. They talk with their teams and offer assistance wherever possible to help their team members through their problems. They experience what their teams are experiencing. They get their hands dirty.
“Leaders are made; they are not born.” —Vince Lombardi
Leaders can’t assume the mantle of leadership because of their words alone. They must prove themselves in small bits and then grow into their leadership positions. They must be made.
But all people do begin as a leader of one. They begin by leading themselves. Everyone is responsible for directing their own path and for making their own decisions.
Begin by leading yourself. If you show competence in leading yourself, you’ll be noticed and given more. A strong leader is responsible for getting the most from their team members. They see potential in people when those people may not see their own potential. Learn to see your potential and then draw that potential out.
Only after you become a leader of one can you become a leader of many.
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