Being a Leader Without The TitleMay 3, 2016 . .
Do you need a fancy title on your business card to be a leader? Do you need to have the corner office with floor to ceiling windows and great view of the city? How about a company car? An Executive Assistant?
I know, you know that the answer is “No.”
Being a leader is a state of mind. It is not a title or position. Today, thinking like a leader is more important than ever. If you do not have the fancy title, or you are an entrepreneur or you are working away in ‘Cubicle Land’ you won’t have a ‘team,’ but you still have to sell ideas and motivate people to follow your ideas. You still have to solve problems and inspire people to agree to your solutions. You still have to initiate change, take care of customers, look for ways to control costs, improve productivity, take risks, learn from your mistakes, communicate, and help other people achieve…
You still have to be a leader.
And it all starts with a mindset. When you look in the mirror, you need to see a leader. You need to see someone that gets things done, and done better than anyone else. You are a self-starter. You are not the one that has to be managed to get things done. If you left the organization today, it would be difficult to replace you.
When you think like a leader and act accordingly, the value of your own personal stock will sky-rocket and… You will wake up one-day soon in the corner office.
Robert Murray is a Business Strategy Consultant, partner at Incrementa Consulting Inc., #1 Best Selling Author, and International Keynote Speaker. For further advice, insight and inspiration on how to unlock your inner leader, follow Robert on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook.