There must be 1000 of quotes of leaders on leadership and 100’s of book on how to become leaders – forget the numbers of articles on leadership programs. I have read a couple of books on such subjects and various leadership articles on online forums!
Well we have also heard this zillion times “he is a born leader.” Well, to be honest, you can take N numbers of training classes, read thousands of books but if you are not born with at least some qualities of leadership then you won’t make much of a difference to the world. Reading and coaching can do only that much, beyond that your instinct has to kick in.
Why do we read books of great leader in the industry, why do we want to follow them, why do we seek the knowledge that how they became a good or great leaders. Last night while talking to a friend he made this statement “when you start following how other leaders do then somewhere down the line you are putting away your own natural leadership qualities” and it really made me think that, yes he has a point. Have these great leaders followed someone else or they became great leaders because they followed their heart and natural way to handling things.
We have enough examples in our history for great leaders like Gandhi, George Washington, Nelson Mandela, Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg and many more. If we read their autobiography they all followed their heart, instinct and became great leaders.
If you are reading this blog I am sure you might not agree with me but I am just trying to make a very simple point here, read about other leaders and follow their style if you want to, but never ever forget your own natural way because that’s the only thing that is going to make you stand out from the crowd of wanna be leaders.