While some of my readers own their own businesses, many of you reading this are not yet CEO’s or Presidents of a corporation. In business, there are a couple of ways to get to the top of a corporation; one can climb up the corporate ladder step by step until they finally reach the position of CEO or the position of CEO can be appointed by a board of directors of sorts. Either way, I want you to be clear about the fact that a position doesn’t define leadership. Just because you have the title of CEO does not mean that you are an effective leader.
A true leader does not need nor care for any titles to define his or her role. A leader does not need a particular title to encourage action; we simply do what needs to be done. Leaders step up to the plate and bat even if they have to pinch hit. Please understand that just because you are not at the top of an organization does not mean you cannot affect change. There are world figures that have altered the very way we see things that have never held a top position in a company. Martin Luther King Jr. did not need a title to encourage him to act; he simply stood up for what he felt was right and was even willing to die for it. True leaders take actions that may not be popular but are always just.
Do not allow a position to determine where you will end up in this life. Most people work based on the job duties as assigned believing that some things are simply out of their pay grade. Basically, they will not do what they are not getting paid for. If you are guilty of this, snap out of it. Remember that someone is always watching so be sure to be your very best each and every day. Focus on the possibilities and stop restricting yourself by not recognizing the leader within. You don’t need a position to define you, you define yourself.
Just because you are not the President or CEO of a company does not mean you shouldn’t act like it.
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