Don’t be complacent, lead from within

We often fall into routines which can be detrimental to our constant development and our leadership success. It might start with laziness, and it is prolonged by acceptance and comfort, but that does not make it necessarily good.

An athlete doesn’t maintain a rock solid body without constant work, attention, and discipline. A student doesn’t get back-to-back A+’s without studying hard and strong commitment. Just like a leader doesn’t remain at the fore of a group without a similar level of effort.

Leadership is a way of being, and it requires nurturing.

“The quality of a leader is reflected in the standards they set for themselves.” – Ray Kroc

For many leaders, comfort in a role is a significant issue capable of all but destroying leadership capacity and stature. As we gain more life experience we can understand more about the world around us. From that, we can be better people and more effective leaders: we just need to know where to look.

When we gain roles of importance, it can be convenient to sit there and keep the status quo. This is not something that I agree with, in the slightest.

The status quo may be fine in the present, but what happens when we aren’t proactive and change comes our way? We get left in a similar situation to Blockbuster and that can be detrimental.

We move with the times, we don’t sit there and watch our lives tick by.

So, what relevance does leading from within to this complacency? A lot more than simply realised.

Being proactive and innovative takes intrinsic motivation, as being a leader sometimes comes with external flack.

“A leader takes people where they want to go. A great leader takes people where they don’t necessarily want to go, but ought to be.” – Rosalynn Carter.

Being motivated can sometimes take work, just like the athlete going for early morning gym sessions, or laps of the pool in winter. There aren’t always sunny days for the gymnast to pump dumbbells, sometimes there are going to be the miserable cold days too.

Those poor days in business need good leaders too. Sometimes the economic forecast is good, and that makes life easier. But sometimes it is poor, and that’s where a leader will be tested the most.

This is where a leader must look inward for motivation, and lead from within. Be the source of motivation for others.

A leader relies on the extrinsic motivation of follower cheers, a great leader knows to look inward for their own intrinsic motivation and driving force.

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