Achievement as a good leader can help you succeed in many ways. You will find success as an expert by developing specialized knowledge. Success a leader will also provide personal fulfillment because you will know that you are building a legacy in your chosen field. Finally, as a leader, you may enjoy some level of recognition and rewards for your effort. Let’s look at each of these three ways that being a leader can help you succeed:
Success as an expert.
Leadership is not just about a position on an organizational chart. Leadership is also about having expertise in a specialized area so the people will view you as the “go-to” person. If you become an expert, people will look to you for thought leadership. They will want to get your advice about how to proceed or to solve a problem. Thus, by becoming a leader in your field of expertise, you will be presented with more opportunities for future success.
The choice of becoming a good leader should never be based first on the material rewards of success. Leaders step forward to bring about a change in the status quo and to help others find themselves in a more hopeful place in the future. It is this intrinsic value of leadership that should be the primary motivation for success. Good leaders know that if they succeed, then the people who follow them will be better off in the future. The knowledge that they are responsible for making things better offers a high degree of personal fulfillment for any successful leader.
Recognition and Rewards.
Rewards and recognition are by-products of being a good leader. Your success as a leader will often be recognized publicly, and wide-recognition, or even celebrity, will bring future success. People like to be around other successful people, and if you are a good leader who has achieved some positive result, then recognition will most likely follow. While it is not always the case, very often material rewards of higher compensation and other perks may also be attained too.
Good leaders are hard to find, so organizations will tend to place a high value on their services. Of course some leaders who pursue a career in government or at a non-profit organization may not be rewarded in the same way that a leader in the private sector may be rewarded; however, those professions often provide the best ways to help others and consequently may provide more opportunities for public recognition.
Thus, being a good leader can help you succeed while you are helping others which is the essence of being a good leader. Making the decision to become a leader should be a deliberate choice. While some people may find themselves thrust into a leadership role because of some crisis, more often it is a choice to do something positive or become a change agent. If you have a passion about something or see how it can be done better, then you might want to make the choice of leadership. Best wishes for your success.
By Alexis Dean