I wrote about my dislikes with leadership. Here are my likes.
#1 – People
People make leadership interesting. Their emotional nature makes achieving greatness challenging and unique. Figuring out what motivates people, their passions, strengths, and weaknesses are some of the tasks I enjoy the most about leading.
I choose to lead because people challenge me to be better.
#2 – Making a Difference
At the end of the day, I want to say I made a difference in someone’s life. It can span from a genuine “how are you doing” to helping them with a major project. There’s no major event or fireworks; just acts of service.
I choose to lead because making a difference is all about helping others.
#3 – Learning
I have always loved to expand my knowledge. Sometimes I find myself reading about topics I don’t like just because I feel the need to learn something new. Lately, I have focused on learning about my leadership tendencies, the concepts that come naturally to me, and my weaknesses.
I choose to lead because providing guidance and developing people requires me to learn more.
#4 – Mistakes
I have grown the most out of mistakes. They help me figure out what I do best, what needs work, and what needs to stop. They keep me humble. And they help me realize my way is not the only way.
I choose to lead because mistakes are the fuel for wisdom.
#5 – Forging Culture
I find myself excited, passionate, and engaged any time this topic comes up. Culture drives behavior and what better way to make a difference than forging a leadership culture. A culture can be the legacy of the leader and a measurement of his/her effectiveness.
I choose to lead because I want to be judged by the quality of the culture I leave behind.
What are your reason for choosing to lead?