“Leading is not the same as being the leader. Being the leader means you hold the highest rank, either by earning it, good fortune or navigating internal politics. Leading, however, means that others willingly follow you—not because they have to, not because they are paid to, but because they want to.” From Simon Sinek: Start with Why (Portfolio, 2009)
As you reflect on your experience, what is working for you as a leader? What is challenging or needs a tune up? What do you want to accomplish as a leader? Who do you want to be as a leader?
Leadership is hard, and often comes with not just professionally challenging moments, but personally challenging ones as well. We all need allies and a place to reflect on what is happening and our experience of it. Leadership is not a destination, and there are always opportunities to level up and increase the scale of your impact. What are you doing to support yourself on the journey? What could you be doing?