An accidental leader is not trained for divergent thinking.
Change is crucial for any company, and a leader has to ensure that it remains growing, vibrant and viable by constantly driving the change using acquisitions, divestment, expansion or contraction.
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A competent manager who is given a leadership role starts to have these problems:
Thousands of professionals who excel in their current role get promoted in an organization and before they know it, they find themselves in senior and leadership roles with more responsibility, but without any support or training.
These professionals are good at their core jobs where they manage themselves or a small team. Being thrust in a leadership role where their decisions impact the whole organization can backfire for many.
A promotion is one form of recognition, but it does not inherently make you a leader. Neither does being a manager. Or coming in early, getting facetime with the C-suite, crushing your KPIs, or having “lead” in your title.
Many “leads” do not lead and many people without the title do. While promotional milestones can signify leadership, they don’t by default.
If leadership was all about controlling others, everyone would train to do it. Upon closer observation, leadership is about sacrifice and bearing the weight of others.
The wolf leading the pack is often the last in line, and the last to eat. Leaders do not thrive in telling people what to do. Instead they go on in sacrificing themselves for the greater good of those who follow them.
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