There are two types of people in this world. There are the leaders, and then there are the followers.
At some point or another, we are all going to be followers of something. In both the past and in the future, we will find ourselves following in the footsteps of others.
On the contrary, however, there will also be times where we will be the leaders. Where we lead the way and when others follow in the footsteps that we create.
But how does one become a more prominent leader? What makes somebody more of a leader instead of being a follower? It’s not like we are born one way or the other and stuck that way forever. Instead, both are characteristics that we develop over time based on the habits that consume our daily lives.
In today’s modern era, everybody wants to be a leader. No longer is it “cool” to follow in somebody else’s footsteps, but you have to walk your own and be the one that others follow.
P.s. I’m joking. Rule number one of being a leader: you aren’t worried about being approved or judged by others.
Now, before you get excited about becoming a leader, you first need to know how to be a leader instead of a follower, what separates being a leader from being a follower, and then ask yourself if being a leader is something that you truly want to be.
When you know what separates the two, you will also then gain insight on how to be a leader instead of a follower if it is, indeed, something that you desire.
What Separates A Leader From A Follower?
1. A Leader Thinks Macro Instead of Micro
Leaders are those who think about what is going to transpire in years down the road, and what will benefit them in the future instead of thinking solely on the present. While it’s important to be present, a leader also sees the big picture behind everything and the longterm results instead of the instantaneous and brief success.
2. A Leader Takes Responsibility
No matter what problem or issue may have evolved, a leader is one who takes responsibility for it and then strives to fix it.
Let’s say an employee that you hired just made a costly mistake. Are you the one that directly made the mistake? No. But you are the one who hired that employee and perhaps didn’t provide that employee with enough adequate training to prevent the issue.
In being a leader, you are responsible for everyone and everything that happens under you. There is no second line of defense after you. Despite not being the one who made the mistake, it was your actions (or lack of) that in some shape or form that influenced the mistake.
3. A Leader Admits Their Flaws
Followers won’t admit their weaknesses because they are focused on being perfect in the eyes of others, while a leader realizes that perfection is an impossibility. Leaders don’t care if they are judged based on their weaknesses because they know that their strengths are far more valuable.
4. A Leader Is One Who Helps Others
A leader is someone who constantly goes out of their way for others. Leaders pick others up when they have been knocked down and help to bring value to as many lives as possible. They are the ones who see the good in everyone, where followers are only worried about themselves and being the best based on the opinions of their peers.
5. A Leader Isn’t Afraid To Work
Leaders are the ones who wake up hours before anybody else and gets a head start on the day. They find the willpower to move past all of their excuses, embrace the suck, and create the most out of every opportunity that they have in front of them.
Followers are the ones who don’t work. They are the ones who repeatedly hit the snooze button, the ones who show up late, and the ones who leave early. A follower is somebody who is afraid to work, and somebody who will not work if they are not at work.
Be A Leader
It is entirely up to you what you want to be in life.
Do you want to be a leader and pave your own way to living an extraordinary life? Or do you want to follow in the footsteps of others and allow others to control your destiny?
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