Here’s the bottom line. Leaders influence others. Whether common or great, if what you do changes others, you are a leader.
A true leader never preaches do as I say, not as I do. Leaders lead by example, end of story. Do aspire to greatness? Of course, you do. Get down in the trenches. Success and leadership put service in the forefront. Do you hear that word, service? It is a close relative to servant. That is exactly what you need to be if you want to be a good leader, a servant. Curiosity, respect and admiration follow one with a servant’s attitude.
The antithesis of this simply equals tyranny. The result also goes the opposite direction. Fear-driven subjects ultimately run away. Authority figures lording over rank and hierarchy may have a feeling of control, however, they never inspire. The quintessential leader embodies greatness using the vehicle of service.
Now take a moment to take inventory of your leadership skills. By my estimation, in the blink of an eye, your assessment puts you on one side of the spectrum or the other. Work to produce excellence as a leader. All you need to do is focus on serving.