Leadership: the only thing that can create enough leverage to change the world

Why even consider becoming a leader in the first place? When something goes wrong it’s your fault. When other things go right, your team gets the credit. If your decisions are wrong, people could lose their jobs. You are responsible for casting a vision and getting buy-in. You have to hold people accountable when their performance dips. You have to formulate the strategies and distill them down into achievable tasks. Your emotional workload goes way up. So, what’s the attraction? For some, it’s the allure of more money. For others, it’s a power thing. Still for others, it’s just what we are taught we should want. Like we can only realize our potential through promotion (which is nonsense).  Considering all of the potential downsides, here’s the only good reason to take on the job: Leadership is the only thing that can create enough leverage to change what is wrong. To change what is wrong for your customers. To change what is wrong among your team members. To change what is wrong about your organization. To change what is wrong in the world. That’s why we do it. For the people that are only looking for stature and and ego stroke, please refrain. For the people wanting to literally change the world, we need you now more than ever before. #leadership

by Jonathan Wilson

Jonathan is the Head Coach at Sandcastle Company, a Seattle-based leadership training organization. His first book, Future Leader: Rebooting Leadership to Win the Millennial and Tech Future [link], is now available. Jonathan regularly writes and speaks about The New Leader Way, leadership resilience, and the future of work. He has years of leadership experience in both the public and private sectors, a master's degree from Seattle University, and professional coach training from the University of Miami.

Filed under: Leadership

Published on February 14, 2019

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