91% of millennials have aspirations to hold a leadership position. The numbers for non-millennials may not be as high, but it is safe to say that a high percentage of today’s workers aspire to take on a leadership role.
Why not be a leader?
Most leaders earn more and have a greater degree of control over their destiny.
But what stands between those who want to be leaders and the opportunity to be a leader?
First of all, you can and should show your leadership potential before you are promoted. Sure, you won’t receive the compensation you desire. You will get valuable experience, and you will capture the attention of management. This will put you on the list for consideration the next time a position becomes available.
What kind of leader are you?
If you are unsure if you have what it takes to lead, there are several easy ways to find out. The easiest way I know of is to take a leadership assessment. There are plenty of good ones available. One of the most accurate assessments, and least costly, is the one offered by Wiley. This 20 – 30 minute assessment highlights your leadership strengths, and provides a snap shot to help you get started.
If you would like to receive a personalized leadership profile, send me and email. Send it to firstname.lastname@example.org and put “leadership” in the subject line.
After you have a clear picture of what kind of leadership you are cut out for, put your hands on one of the better leadership books. There are hundreds available.
One of the best, and time tested, is “The Leadership Challenge” by Kouzes and Posner. One of my favorites is “Turn the Ship Around!” by L. David Marquet. Given my love of football, I found Bill Walsh’s “The Score Takes Care of Itself” to be quite refreshing.
In 2015 I released a book for aspiring leaders. The book highlights the leadership journey of 15 successful leaders from business and academia. The book: “A Garage Full of Ferraris”, is available on Amazon.
In the coming weeks I will be discussing the challenges facing those aspiring to be leaders. I will highlight potential solutions to common obstacles standing between you and your career goals.