by J. William DeMarco
Shouldn’t that be the first question we ponder as leaders?
The strongest leaders might not be in a position of leadership: this is a tough one for some folks to grasp, but as John Maxwell says… leadership is influence… and a Staff Sergeant and influence a Colonel as a Captain can influence a Chief Master Sergeant. It is important to understand how YOU fit in your area…the gears, the cogs, how do you make your office better, what is your spear of influence–and how does it connect.
In terms of cogs, how does your cog or office fit into the organization, the bigger group? Where does the organization fit into the bigger corporate structure and so on. With this sort of thinking it is obvious that we can all be leaders and every leader honestly has a boss… so where do you want to lead and where/who do you want to influence? How many cogs away from the place you want to influence are you? Once you figure that out… start turning. If it is all about getting better…both personally, professionally, and organizationally…aren’t we all leaders?