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Be the Leader You Were Meant to Be

I’ve been thinking a lot about leadership. Some of my clients are leadership experts (I love that I get to learn from my incredibly smart clients:).

But what really got me thinking about leadership was a discussion I had with my son’s teacher at a parent-teacher conference.

His teacher shared how well he’s doing in class but what really caught my attention were her comments about his personality. She described him as a “quiet leader”. Someone who sits back and observes, and inspires people with his actions and insights.

He doesn’t need to beat his chest and jump and down to get his point across and be heard. He leads with his own voice and in his own way.

I so appreciate that about my son because I know how hard it can be to fit in, especially at that pre-teen stage.

I’m not sharing this with you to brag about my son (although I really am proud of him). But because as I looked at my son, I realized that my personal style is very much the same.

I believe in sharing your message and taking a stand. I’m passionate about what I do and the people I help. But I don’t shout my message, I share it. It’s a softer leadership style, but a passionate one nonetheless.

We each have our own leadership style. In fact, part of building your own unique personal brand means embracing your leadership style. Accepting who you are and celebrating it.

As “solopreneurs”, each and every one of us is a leader in our own right. We’re leading a movement, a community, a group of people who care about what we have to say.

When we build our business from the “inside out” and take a position on something we believe in, then we can tap into our full potential as leaders.

And as coaches or consultants, we’re also leaders. We help guide and lead our clients to reach their full potential.

In celebration of leadership, here are some great quotes that inspired me:

“A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves.” —Lao Tzu

“Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others.” —Jack Welch

“A great person attracts great people and knows how to hold them together.” —Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

“A great leader’s courage to fulfill his vision comes from passion, not position.” —John Maxwell

“Leaders must be close enough to relate to others, but far enough ahead to motivate them.” —John C. Maxwell

“Earn your leadership every day.” –Michael Jordan

Do you see yourself as a leader? Please share your thoughts and comments below.
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Steve

Great article Cindy. I’m definitely a quiet leader. Lao Tzu’s quote “A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves” is wonderful.

I love working with innovators and entrepreneurs. I typically collect information from my discussions with clients, then put together a plan that meets their needs. I don’t need to be leading the meetings, I can ask a few focused questions, get the information I need, then make a strong recommendation to the client.
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Cindy Schulson

That’s a great quote Steve! Thanks for sharing that. It sounds like you’re not only a great leader, but a great coach and guide. I look forward to our conversation later this week!
warm wishes,
Cindy

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