If you want to be a leader, you have to lead. A leader is often the first to move, and take action. It means being in front of the pack forging a new path through an unknown territory. It means that you actually have followers who let you lead them.
John Maxwell, world renown leadership guru, says this about leading, “If you think you’re leading, but no one is following, then you are only taking a walk.”
A second and obvious point to note is that leadership involves others. It’s not a solo act. It involves groups of people and it is a public event. When you lead, others see it. If they don’t see it, you are not leading. So in essence, leading will always involve you and at least one other person.
A leader who has no followers is not a leader.
But leading others starts after you have the ability and self disciple to lead yourself. You have to know how to be self disciplined, to live the life you are trying to get others to lead. Master yourself and then learn to lead others.
The remaining article in this LEADERSHIP series largely applies to your inner character development because what you do and how you do it will have a massive impact on those around you.