You, yes you, are a leader. Maybe you already know this, but maybe you don’t. Either way, it’s true. No matter who you are, and no matter what your position, you are leading at least one person in at least one aspect of your life. Someone looks to you. Here’s my question: what are you leading them to?
We often think of leadership as a role in which we tell others what to do, but that’s the most basic form of a universal and high calling. Leading means that people follow you: your actions, your words, your example. They are following you to the destination your decisions and mindsets will take you to. Are you aware of the influence you have? Do you know where you are headed, and who is following you there? If someone followed your example, would they find themselves in a better place? A real leader lives out the answers to people’s questions more often than they say them.
I don’t say this to burden or confuse you, but to remind you that your daily life matters, and that it’s impacting more people than you think. As you make wise decisions, honor the right things, and walk with integrity, people will notice. As you look for excellence and not for power, you will draw people in. They’ll begin to follow you as they see the results of your life. Every day is one in which you are affecting lives and leading people toward or away from their best selves. You have it in you to not only pursue greatness, but to model it for others to achieve. So lead yourself well, and do not be surprised when others follow.
Setting an example is not the main means of influencing others, it is the only means. Albert Einstein