It’s often asked what it takes to be a good leader. There are thousands up thousands of books on what it takes to be a leader. You can spend millions on seminars and conferences to learn how to be a leader. And then there are those people like me….natural born leaders.
I’ve never set out to be a leader or in charge, it’s always kind of just happened. I grew up playing soccer, and I never missed a practice, I was always coachable and there was never a doubt that I left my heart on the field every game. And MUCH to my surprise… I was voted captain of the varsity soccer team as a SOPHMORE!
That was my first true test of leadership. I had broken the tradition of ‘seniors’ are captains, and it was made clear that this was not ok with the entire team. There I was in a spot of leadership that I hadn’t asked for. I didn’t go out of my way to tell people I was the captain and I made the choices. I put my head down, worked hard, and before I knew it I had earned the respect of the previously upset girls.
I faced a similar situation my junior year of college. I was nominated to run for chapter president, and was talked into running. I hadn’t asked to be president, hell, it wasn’t even something I had on my goal list, but there I stood on election night speaking from the heart and sure enough, I was the new president.
Some call it a ‘silver spoon’…. that some people just have good things handed to them. I call bull sh*t! I’ve worked my tail feathers off my entire life, and as a result good things have come. I believe in being honest with people, speaking from the heart and as cheesy as it sounds, I thrive off helping others achieve their goals.
It turns out…. those are some the same traits people pay thousands of dollars to try and learn to do. I don’t run around saying how great I am. I work hard and let the results speak for themselves. While others are busy criticizing….I’m busy leading from the front.