Leadership doesn’t begin with your position, title, traits or talent. Leadership begins when you’re deeply connected to a purpose and vision you care about. Leadership begins when you take a stand. It’s only then that leadership begins. Leadership begins when you start working to make your vision a reality. It’s that simple and that difficult!
Did you know that fish don’t know they’re in water? Fish are surrounded by water from birth and as a result they don’t see the water. If you tried to explain to a fish that they live in water you’d probably hear them say, “Water? What is water?”. As fish live in water it’s impossible for them to see it. Living in water is all they know.
To get fish to see the water in which they live, you need to help them step outside their environment. Only then, looking in from the outside will they finally see the water in which they live.
It’s the same for leaders!
Leadership consists of two journeys. The first is the journey of self discovery. A personal leadership journey. The second is the journey to creative leadership. As Steve Jobs said it’s the journey to “make a dent in the universe“.