Leadership awareness

Why is “leadership awareness” crucial if you are serious about building your career?

The world is full of followers. Leaders visualize and followers carry out tasks based on what leaders visualize. 

That’s how the world works.

If you develop awareness about the leadership of yourself and the people around you, you will navigate to your career success swiftly. 

You develop leadership awareness by understanding the different forms of leadership, their impact on people, and practice gives you the most power!

You will note that the #1 misconception about leadership is this: if you are “given” a position, you are a leader.

Here is the truth: you become a leader by the impact you create, not by the position you hold!

Of course, the position may give you some kickstart but it is a game of wrong expectation because many people, especially in 3rd world countries, perceive, that the person holding a top position, “Sir,” or “Madam,” have answers to all their questions.

It is never the case. We all learn continuously. Having an answer does not make you a leader. Taking unconditional responsibility for the outcomes of people who work to make your vision a reality does.

Your position may be the BS; your impact is never! Have a look at the below Sketchnote to quickly grab the concept visually.


PS: John C. Maxwell popularized the concept of the 5 levels of leadership via his work. I read it in “Developing the Leader Within You.” book years back. Read about his views here: 5 Levels of Leadership.

The Professional Listens

In a leadership position or not, you, as a professional, are a “pro” at your craft.

But being “pro” at your craft is just the beginning. You need to listen as effectively as you are flawless in your craft.

CCL’s Michael Hoppe has authored this excellent book that can improve your Active Listening Skills.

Michael has described six skills that contribute to an active listening mindset:

1) Paying attention: Listening begins with paying attention. No attention, no listening.

2) Holding judgment: Seek first to understand and then to judge.

3) Reflecting: Don’t agree or disagree; just reflect by paraphrasing key points.

4) Clarifying: When you don’t understand something that you think you should; clarify.

5) Summarizing: Restate key themes and summarize the crux of the matter. Ask others to do the same to reach the same ground.

6) Sharing: Sharing requires being comfortable with being vulnerable. Share your personal experience based on the same theme or the crux of the matter, and you will show that you have listened to what matters.

No matter how great you are as a professional, if you lack listening skills, sooner or later, you will face less than desired results.

The professional listens; you could, too!