Any organization that wants to be vision focused needs more than vision, it needs a passionate point leader to bring about change. The reason businesses or organizations cling to outdated models is because it lacks leadership.
Leadership training does not make someone a leader, it can make them a better leader, but it doesn’t make them a leader. It’s not about training, it’s about a gifting, a call to lead.
How do you know if you’re not a leader?
- If you are hesitant to move outside the job description, not a leader, you’re a manager.
- If you are not willing to ask questions that cause others to think outside the box, not a leader, you’re a manager.
When a person who does not have a leadership skills is placed in a position of leadership, they will default back to management. They will take what is given to them, and manage it well. They may improve some of the systems, but they don’t make changes to the way things are done.
Change requires vision, and sustained vision requires leadership. If you’re not gifted in leadership, then there is no way that you will be able to bring about or sustain the change necessary.
How do you know if you’re a leader?
- Leaders love obstacles, and they love the uncertainty of how change will happen.
- Leaders don’t have patience to babysit the problems left behind by previous teams.
If reading those two statements did not get you a little excited, then you are probably not a leader.
So, what do you do if you have the responsibility to lead, but not the gifting?
- Acknowledging there could be an issue helps you see the road.
- Admitting that you need help, gets you get on the road.
- Asking for help, gets you going in the right direction.
Just because someone is great at what they do, doesn’t mean you promote them to a position of point leadership. They may not be wired to do that. That may not be how they are designed. You’ve just set them up for failure.