Leadership is a Mindset

i can make a differenceThose who are ready to embrace a life of leadership do not necessarily need to be in a specific position of authority. In fact many people mistakenly believe that if they have a management level title that they are automatically a leader. This is far from the truth. You are a leader in any area of your life in which you have decision making power or are in a position to influence what happens. If you think about your life, are you in a position to make decisions about your own life and based on your decisions and actions influence how you live your life. So, living with a leadership mindset means embracing your own influence over your own destiny.

How many times have you thought to yourself “I wish I had more money” or “I wish I had a different job” or “I wish I could lose 15 pounds” or “I wish I spent more time with my family” or any other number of wishes? Now, if I asked you point blank if you know how you could change any aspect of your life that you wish were different, you would probably say that yes you do know what it would take to change. You do know that you could lose 15 pounds if you eat less and exercised more, for example. Yet, so often people abdicate their leadership role in their own life by just drifting along with the flow of things and not taking action to change the things in their lives that they wish were different.

Living with a leadership mindset means becoming bold about becoming the leader within every area of your own life. It seems daunting, yet can absolutely happen. One of the best ways to become a leader in every aspect of your life is to first define each of the different important areas of your life. For example, family, career, financial freedom, spirituality, health and fitness, hobbies and recreation, friends, and personal development. Each person will have his or her own list of these important areas of life. Then, choose just one area to start taking a leadership role in. Appoint yourself CEO of that area of your life and take charge of that one area.  Once you have accepted that you can become a leader in that area, add another area.  Then, as you grow in your leadership mindset it will be easier and more natural to exert your leadership influence in everything you do.  One tip though: this does not mean telling others what to do – it means telling yourself what to do, and then doing it.