Be a Leader

A friend gave me invaluable advice on management: Be a leader. Managers delegate tasks, but leaders are the people you turn to when you have a problem. You want to go to a leader because you know they will help.

To me this means, I have to be:

  • Competent
  • Clear
  • Humble
  • Trusting
  • Consistent
  • Honest

And one more that’s different from the others:

  • Creative

More frequently than you’d like, you’ll be caught between upper management your team. On the line will be your team’s goal to do the great work of which they can be proud. Being creative helps you see the middle road between the black and white areas. In other words, the solution that you didn’t think of right away that gets everyone to where they want to be.

Creativity is different, because it’s the only one you can’t learn or practice. You have it or you don’t, like the ability to learn pointers – not everyone has it. However, the other traits you can learn through practice. Many people go very far that were competent, humble, etc. but not creative. Because rather than having subordinates, these leaders had a dedicated group of supporters who were always there for their leader. It’s arguable that a slightly flawed leader is easier to follow, because you feel that leader needs you.

“Be a leader,” was the most succint and helpful advice I’ve ever received.

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