Are you waiting for an opportunity to advance into a leadership role?

Have less experienced or qualified people passed you over?

The challenge may be that you have been waiting for permission to lead.

This week’s mindset tip: Permission to lead is never granted!

One of my biggest revelations is that the leader must show up before the money, the success, or the title.

You see, we are conditioned to wait for permission.

We wait for that next promotion and the title that tells the world we are now a leader.

But what happens when the promotion never comes?

You already have what you need to lead.

All you need to do is decide to embrace the leader within you.

Yes, there is a leader in all of us.

As I look back over the years, every advancement or opportunity came because I was curious, demonstrated initiative, and was willing to stretch the boundaries of my role.

However, I did not realize that my eagerness to find solutions, push the envelope and act when my colleagues were standing still demonstrated my ability to lead myself and eventually inspire others.

Each offer for advancement was a logical next step because I was already fulfilling the role.

I qualified myself for the role because the first and only person we each must lead is ourselves! When we boldly lead ourselves, we demonstrate our ability to inspire and influence others.

Leading means understanding that title and position do not give you power. Instead, leadership is earned by how effectively you lead yourself.

It is when your choices and behavior influence another person to take Inspired Action.

“Average leaders raise the bar on themselves; good leaders raise the bar for others; great leaders inspire others to raise their own bar.”

– Orrin Woodward.

People standing still don’t inspire us. Instead, we are interested and inspired by those who cast a vision much more significant than themselves.

When Dr. Martin Luther King delivered his iconic, I Have A Dream speech, he inspired us with the boldness and audacity of his vision and then by the person he would have to become to fulfill that vision.

So, stop waiting for permission to lead.

Instead, ask yourself…Who am I required to become to get to my next level of success?

Take these steps to raise the bar:

  • Intentionally and purposefully put yourself in a position that allows you to stretch, shape, and refine your skills.
  • Become a lifelong learner.
  • Commit to improving your best and see failures and challenges as opportunities to expand and attract success.
  • Passionately stretch beyond what is comfortable, and you will soon discover the leader that lives within you.

In the words of John Maxwell, ‘Everything rises and falls upon leadership.’ A leader is someone who takes people to places they could not have gone alone.


Your Fellow Super Achiever

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