Thursday, 20 October 2011

Why do you want to be a leader?

You're in a leadership position.  But why?

The vast majority of individuals in leadership positions are there by choice.  In many cases, if not most, you have applied for a leadership role and been promoted.  But why did you apply for your role?  What was it that made you interested in leading?  If you are passionate about the work, you likely find the work rewarding and you gain satisfaction from the successes of your team.  However, if you're not passionate about the work, you may find that much of what you need to do feels burdensome or excessively challenging.  If you are thinking about a leadership role, you need to ask yourself why you want it and then to look inside yourself to find if you have a passion about the work.  If the passion isn't there, you're setting yourself up for disappointment.  You'll be taking charge of work that you fundamentally don't care about.  Is that how you want to spend your days, weeks, months, years? 

Think carefully about why you want to lead and what work you'll be leading.  If you have a deep caring about the work, the challenges you'll find as a leader, will be more bearable and the successes that much sweeter. 

1 comment:

  1. The process for applying for an administrative position is very revealing. It was interesting to observe those that decided during the process that they didn't have the passion or belief that they were ready to lead. I believe that leadership qualities are inate--they can be developed and strengthened, but there has to be more than just desire to lead.