There are leaders and there are those who lead. Leaders hold a position of power or authority, but those who lead inspire us. Whether they’re individuals or organizations, we follow those who lead, not because we have to, but because we want to. We follow those who lead, not for them, but for ourselves.
– Simon Sinek
The idea of being a leader always appealed to me. I held my first management position at 22, leading a small production team in a bookbindery. I loved being in charge–making decisions and trying to motivate my team. But one day, I heard a comment I’ve never forgotten. After chastising a line worker for a mistake, he snapped back:
You know, you’re the type of manager the rest of us hate.
Everyone has to lead sometime. Being a leader is beside the point. Here’s how you simply do it–and do it effectively.