Let’s suppose you could. Imagine for a few minutes that it is possible. Trust me on this. What would great leadership look like for you? Someone who walks their talk, who has developed themselves, who engages with people, who walks their talk, and makes a difference: what would you add or change? It’s your call. Once you have your list, why wouldn’t you become that person? Sure, it’s not black and white: you may already demonstrate many of the qualities to a significant degree; that’s very cool. And if you’re like me, you’re far from perfect, which is also fine. It means there is still work to do. You can demonstrate great leadership in your professional work, with your colleagues, in your community, the possibilities are endless. I’d like to invite you to consider that the life you are having now is an important one, that there is great work for you to do, and that you are the person to do it. Much of it may not be clear today. That’s OK, with any luck you have decades to accomplish it all. And assuming you continue to grow, you don’t yet have all the capabilities that you will have. Whatever you think you currently can’t do, or can’t yet do brilliantly, that can change too. You probably haven’t shown yourself most of the talents that you could have. If you still feel uncomfortable with the idea that you could be a great leader, ask yourself where did the idea that you couldn’t become a great leader come from: a parent, a friend? In any event, the idea that you couldn’t is just an idea, and it’s not the only one you could choose. Would you like to be the person who gave it a go, who perhaps experienced ‘success’ and ‘failure’ in equal measure, and who persisted? Or someone who played it safe? If you’ve read this far your preference is clear. You don’t know the future but you can enjoy the ride. As the late and great Nelson Mandela said to us, “Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people will not feel insecure around you.” Go play as big or as small as you like, but anyway play.
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