Many people feel they have what it takes to lead. From being super-confident to extra-responsible, power women and men tend to hold similar traits that are universally known as leader qualities.
But what if those typical traits alone aren’t truly what makes an effective and strategic leader? Anyone can take charge, but that doesn’t make them a dynamic agent of change or awesome results. Inc. contributor Les McKeown elaborates on this notion, detailing three signs you’re truly a leader—or just a wannabe:
You lead only when you have to, not all the time. We’ve all met the type of individual who simply must take charge. Whether it’s a strategic brainstorming session, a pick-up basketball game, or a family outing, they can’t help grabbing the lead dog position and clinging on to it for dear life.
Always opinionated, usually impatient and frequently brusque, these gotta-be-in-fronters get so used to other people describing them as natural born leaders that sooner or later–to their own and everyone else’s detriment–they begin to believe it.