LEADERSHIP IS DANGEROUS SERIES – INTRODUCTION
January 26, 2018
You are probably excited to be a leader. You may have come upon the title in a different way than I have. That’s okay. There are so many ways to be chosen to be a leader. Some leaders are called. They are asked by others to step up and lead. To take the mantle and run with it. Other leaders worked their way to the position. They started in a lower position and rose through the ranks to obtain the title of a leader. And still other leaders accidentally stepped into the role. These leaders saw a need which needed to be fulfilled. No one else was stepping up so they decided to step in and do something about it. No one called them. No one asked them to do it. They just did it. Whatever way you became a leader, it is okay. You did the work to become one. Whether it was the choice of others, rising through the ranks, or choosing yourself. You are at a point in your life where you are a leader! Good for you!
What It Means To Be A Leader
Sometimes we become leaders by accident. It leaves us wondering what leadership means for us. To be honest, it can mean many different things. Leadership means:
- You have followers: There are people who are watching what you do. They’re waiting for your next move so they can follow in your steps. You may not always see who your followers are but they’re out there. They can be friends, family members, or complete strangers. Be on the lookout for who’s following after you.
- Being a leader means you have responsibility: Did you ever read Spiderman growing up? Before Peter Parker’s uncle Ben dies, he says something to Peter. He uttered the words “With great power comes great responsibility.” How does this relate to you? You’ve been given the power to lead others. You have influence over your followers. This gives you power. With this power comes great responsibility. Be sure to lead with this thought in mind.
- Your choices no longer affect just you: That’s right. Your choices now affect others. Your followers may feel the repercussions of the choices you make. The bad choices you make will reverberate through your organization. If you’re married, you know this. Every choice you make affects your spouse and children. No choice is separate from your leadership of the family. Now you know what being a leader means. You’re attracting followers. You’re given great power but also have great responsibility. And your choices now affect more than yourself. The choices you make affect everyone you touch and everything you do. There will be times when you believe no one is watching you. That’s a lie. Once you become a leader, someone will be watching you. All you have to do is watch the news and you’ll see how our leaders are watched. Your steps will be scrutinized. Your decisions will be questioned. And eyes will be watching you. This is why you, as a leader, need to be vigilant.
What I Want You To Learn
This content is not meant to scare you away from leadership. Not at all. Instead, it’s meant to draw you into a deeper understanding of leadership and what may come your way. I want you to understand there will be trials and tribulations as a leader. There will be landmines that could possibly derail your ability to lead. But you have can sidestep some of the traps that are laid in front of leaders. I want to give you a gift many leaders were never given. Insight into the traps that many leaders fall victim to.
In this short eBook, I’ll be unable to cover every single trap you may encounter along the way. Yet I hope I’m able to cover four of the major traps. You’ll also be provided with instruction on how to overcome the leadership traps you’ll encounter. I hope after reading this book you’ll be able to engage other leaders on a higher level and understanding. Sharing with younger leaders the traps you’ve discovered and how they can avoid them as well.
I also hope you’ll realize you’re not alone. There are many other leaders facing some of the same traps
you’re facing. And many other leaders have come through those traps to see another day. Once you
realize this, your difficulties can be lighter as you’ll be able to seek out others who have been in your
situation. It won’t always be easy. There will be days you’ll want to discard your title as a leader. I encourage you not to give into this feeling. It’s only going to be temporary as you weave your way through the trappings.
Once you arrive on the other side, you’ll be glad you stuck with leadership. You’ll have gained new skills.
You’ll have new experiences and stories to share on how a leader grows. You’ll be better able to relate
to those leaders who have failed and fallen short. Are you ready to dive in and discover the trappings every leader will face? I hope so because I’m ready to share it with you!
The four trappings we will discuss in my subsequent posts are Isolation, Greed, Settling, and Avoidance.