By Katie Torres
If you hear the word "leadership" and feel nervous about it, you're not the only one.
Being a leader can feel like a daunting, if not impossible task to many. Whether it is due to personal lack of skill or general lack of opportunity, many people shy away from leadership positions because they believe they are unable to fulfill such roles.
The truth is, even the greatest leaders become leaders in the same ways that any other person can.
Honestly, I can't think of anything that would disqualify someone from being a leader, other than a personal belief that they can't do it, or they don't want to try.
So, let's address a few common concerns people have about becoming a leader, and discuss ways to combat these concerns.
1. It is common for people to assume they cannot become leaders because they lack the skill needed for the job.
Listen. Every single one of us was born without the ability to do anything, except eat, sleep, and breathe. But we were also born with the ability to think. Even new born babies can think.
Babies listen to their parents and the people around them, and by doing this, they learn to speak. Later, they become inquisitive about their hands and feet and use these new discoveries to accomplish things like crawling.
In the same way, we can listen to those around us. If we don't know the answers, we can find someone who does and seek their guidance. We use our natural ability to learn to build up our other skills.
2. When someone comes from a rough background or tough upbringing, it may be tempting to think they cannot accomplish the same goals as other people.
Nothing could be further from the truth.
Every single person has something to offer. And with a rough past, these people have even more insight and learned wisdom to share with others. They have the ability to relate and help others in a way that many people may not understand.
And when it comes to a leadership position, the only thing that is stopping this person is himself.
It starts with believing you have something to offer. The rest becomes far easier after that.
3. Time is a big hurdle for some people to overcome, and usually, this is due to procrastination or lack of self discipline.
Nothing will stop you from becoming a leader quicker than wasted time and inactivity.
This is probably the most important, first step in becoming a leader: Just do something.
Just do it. If it doesn't work out, then try something else. But time has to be managed so opportunities to learn and grow are not missed, and action has to be taken.
Truly, a whole book could be written on ways to become a successful leader, and in fact, many books have been written on this very topic. Reading one might do some good!
The point is, anyone can take these simple steps to grow and improve their abilities.
Anyone can be a leader.
Envoy is made up of a whole team of leaders. If you are a leader or you want to be a leader, you can apply to join our team. We are hiring! and we love helping people grow into their own leadership skills. Take a look at our site to learn more.