John C. Maxwell says, “The true measure of leadership is influence – nothing more, nothing less.” Many times when we think of leaders, we think of the high-profile executive with the office suite, cherry desk, and leather furniture. But in all reality, just because someone holds a high-level position in an organization does not necessarily make him or her a great leader.
Great leaders have influence. And great influencers have followers. I think it’s time to put the idea out of our minds that leaders only exist in high-level positions. In this tough, dynamic business environment in which we live today, it’s necessary that great leaders exist in all levels of the organization, not just at the top.
Leadership is not attained through a particular position or a specific pay grade. Leadership is influence and leadership is earned. It’s simply impossible to be a leader of any kind unless people are willing to step to the side and let you lead them because they believe in who you are, what you do, and what you seek to accomplish through them.
How can you influence someone in your organization today?
Nathan R Mitchell is America’s Leading Empowerment CoachTM and the Editor of Leadership Addict. In 2010 he founded the business and leadership development company, Clutch Consulting. Nathan is also a Certified Speaker, Trainer, and Coach with The John Maxwell Team. Originally from Springfield Missouri, Nathan earned his B.S. Degree in Management and an MBA from Missouri State University. Currently, he lives near Tulsa Oklahoma with his wife and children. His purpose in life is to empower others to lead to their full leadership potential.