Leadership Actions Speak Louder Than Words
” Being a leader is like being a lady. If you have to go around telling people you are one, you probably aren’t”
I love this statement! Not only is it funny, (I love some great humor every now and then) but it is true! I was recently talking with a colleague about a leadership role he had been assigned to. He didn’t ask for the role or even volunteer for it. His team recognized that he was already doing a great job of taking initiative and leading the group in the right direction and appointed him the leader! (P.S. – I am on this team and was the one who nominated him for this role!)
When you work diligently in your career, at work, in community organizations and ‘act’ as a leader should, you are essentially being a leader whether you have a title or not. LEADERSHIP is a verb, not a noun!! Again, LEADERSHIP is a verb, not a noun. It requires action! If your actions don’t signal LEADERSHIP, you may want to consider your effectiveness. Like my wise mother has always told me, “Actions Speak Louder than Words”. Quality LEADERSHIP speaks for itself!
Question of the day – Are you backing up your LEADERSHIP title with action??
This post is part of a series on Leadership presented by Dr. Carmen April. She is a young entrepreneur and community leader recognized as a 2013 Nashville Business Journal Top 40 Under Forty Award Recipient and is currently a 2014 New Leaders Council Fellow – Nashville Chapter. Dr. April is available for speaking engagements on this topic.