What I’ve learned about leadership:
Being a leader is important today now than ever. Everyone is trying to “make it” and competition is on the rise. Sometimes you see people doing great things, like getting that internship with Google or getting published, and you sit there in defeat. Not because you are necessarily jealous, but because you don’t understand why you put in so much work and don’t see the results. Everyone is going at 100mph and you can’t keep up.
Have you ever asked yourself, “How can I stand out? How can I land that internship? How can I make connections and network with people? How can I be the best me possible?”
The simple answer is to be a leader.
Keep in mind, you don’t have to be the typical leader like the one who is talkative, extroverted, super charismatic. You can be a silent leader by being more laid back, introverted, and one who sets a good example.
John C. Maxwell’s “The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership” best describes leadership qualities and behaviors. Below, I will go through his first 5 laws:
The Law of the Lid
- Positive leadership leads to impact and effectiveness
The Law of Influence
- Leadership must be learned through influence
- You have to be a receiver of influence and an influencer to be a leader
- Leadership starts with the positive influence of leaders you encounter
The Law of Process
- Being a leader involves a process. Don’t expect to just be a leader one day, you have to work towards it
- Leadership develops daily, not in a day
The Law of Navigation
- Plan and act accordingly
- Be attentive
The Law of Addition
- Leaders add value by serving others
Here is more information on these laws: