To become a leader, be the first

“Leaders live by choice, not by accident.”
Mark Gorman

Be the first to volunteer when no one else wants to.

Be the first to show vulnerability and honesty.

Be the first to admit your mistakes and apologize.

Be the first to give, and don’t expect to receive.

Be the first to speak up, when everyone is too scared to say anything.

Be the first to lower your pride, and let the other person win.

Be the first to love, instead of hate.

Be the first to care, even when no one gives a crap.

Be the first to show kindness. It’s contagious and everyone will follow.

Be the first to believe, even when no one has faith.

Be the first one in, and last one out.

To cultivate leadership, you have to be willing to be the first. There’s a lot of responsibility that comes with being a leader.

When things go right, the leader becomes the hero. When things go south, the leader becomes the scapegoat.

Not everyone can or is willing to shoulder such burdens. Not everyone can step up to the big stage.

You don’t have to be the smartest in the room. You don’t have to be the most charismatic person in the room.

You just have to be courageous, and be willing to be the first. You have to be willing to be scrutinized for your every move. You have to be ready to take the fall for your followers.

Many of us are scared to become leaders, but the ones that make the jump are the ones that shine. The only difference between us and them is the fact that they were willing to take the risk of failing on the big stage.

They’re the ones that were scared, but chose to be brave. They’re the ones that chose to be first, even when they didn’t want to be.

They CHOSE to be brave. They CHOSE to be first. But most importantly, they CHOSE to become leaders.

We need more people to be leaders. I’m excited to see who the next big influencers of the world will be. I’m excited to see the pioneers of the next generation, and what they will achieve in the future.

So let’s make the decision to be just a little more daring… a little more bold. Let’s all make the choice to lead.

A good leader takes a little more than his share of the blame, a little less than his share of the credit.

-Arnold H. Glasow

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