I think many of us would like to think we’re leaders.
However, a lot of what we do at work can be based on what other’s are doing around us. This could be because we’re looking for an example to follow, or because we don’t want to challenge someone. And while it is important to follow in some cases, it is also important to find where you can lead.
Although tempting, you can’t always default to what everyone else is doing. Instead, you have to set your own path and realize where you can do more than just your job. When you’re starting out, even if your colleagues are only following, you have to be both a follower and a leader.
This will do two things; 1) it will accomplish what you’ve been told to do, and 2) it will eventually determine what others will do too.
People are always looking to follow someone, so no matter what your position is at a company, give them a reason to follow.
Make room for both responsibilities and one day you may just be the leader.
How are you following and leading?