I was driving home  last night and there was a footy show type thing on the radio. All other stations were having a bad day {this is the country, well and truly} and I hadn’t plugged my phone in before driving away, so I was stuck. Rolling my eyes I punched the accelerator to get home faster; two dudes talking footy, ick.

But then they started to talk about leadership. About a captain whose team wasn’t following him. He was a wonderful player, a champion, but he was not a captain, not a leader, they said. What defines leadership, said the other. INDEED! I thought. Surprising myself most of all. Being good at something doesn’t make you a leader. It happens all the time with sporting teams, and in business.

Hey, I’m a pretty good real estate sales person, I should start my own business… *insert raspberry noise* Fail.  It takes something to be a leader. It takes leading by example and action. It takes knowing the ‘flock’ {for lack of a better word}. It also takes genuine empathy and an open mind. But mostly it takes removing your ego. It can’t be about you. A leader is someone who goes down with the ship. Here me Italian cruise dude! Someone who humbly credits the team when they win. Someone who acknowledges that one person can’t know everything and will accept ideas and input when needed.

Leaders are awesome. That’s why people follow and love every second of it.

Who is a leader you admire?

  • LOVE LOVE LOVE this, and it is so true. Sport as an an analogy for life is pretty spot on. I have said a gad zillion times that “the best waitress does not a manager make”. The best call centre rep is likely to expect to become a team leader. Fail.


    • Melissa Walker Horn

      Thanks Lucy, such is life, right!

  • “It takes something to be a leader.”
    Yes it does. It takes all kinds of things that I don’t have.
    Most importantly, you have to want to be a leader.
    And I don’t.
    This is why I refused to train as supervisor when it was offered to me every year until they stopped asking.
    It wasn’t that I thought I couldn’t do it, I just knew I didn’t want to. So my heart wouldn’t have been in it.

    • Melissa Walker Horn

      An excellent point. Wanting to be a leader MUST show up at some point. Even if the will isn’t there at the beginning. Thanks for sharing River. xo