What separates great leaders from average leaders? Is it years of experience, a degree from a top-notch university, or an impressive title?
It’s none of these things.
The difference between average and great leaders begins long before they assume the mantle of leadership. In fact, you can be a great leader even if you do not have a leadership title or position.
How is that possible? Because great leadership begins from within. It begins with who you are. Who you are when no one else is looking. Your core values and how you act on those values will distinguish you as a leader—every single time.
How do you know if you have what it takes to be a great leader? Here are a few questions to ask yourself:
- What do you value most about yourself?
- Do you go along with the crowd—even when you know in your heart that you should choose differently?
- Do you consistently look out for the best interests of others?
Great leaders have these things in common: self-awareness, core values that guide their choices and actions, and giving to others what they have received. Great leaders are also intentional. They look within first and are focused on living with purpose and passion.
So, ask yourself: What one thing can I do today to be more intentional?
May you enjoy the blessings of increasing your awareness each day… and reaching out to help someone else do the same—just a sampling of the many blessings of leadership.
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