“Leaders can only take people as far as they have gone.”
This is not new news, but yet sometimes comes as a surprise. The very definition of “leadership” carries the idea that someone must be a little bit more advanced, more knowledgeable, or more experienced. You do not have be first, most important, getting the most credit, or having the highest title. You just have to possess the ability to bring people to new levels.
So what does this mean?
If you want to lead people, you must always be expanding your abilities and knowledge. You must have the drive and discipline to always be improving. Personal gain or recognition is not the goal, however, but the desire to develop people. This genuine pursuit will expand your influence and impact as you reach new levels.
Before striving to be leader, ask yourself, “Where am I pursuing excellence in my own life?” Then look around and see who you can help to reach the next level!