But, I’m equally convinced, just as there are not enough people working who should be working – some of the workers who should be leading are not leading.
7 reasons people are not leading who could be:
They weren’t ever willing to face their fears.
Fear failure, fear of rejection, and the fear of the unknown are very real fears. But, fear is an emotion – not necessarily based on truth. Faith is a substance based on a certain – though unseen reality.
They never had the self-confidence to allow people to follow.
I know so many people who sit on the sidelines, even though people believe in them, but they just don’t believe in themselves.
They felt it was self-serving to step into the role of leadership.
One of my new favorite sayings is “Don’t trip over your own humility by refusing to do the right thing.” Yes, leaders can be in the center of attention, and some people are too “humble” to step into that role, but in the meantime, we are missing your leadership.
They waited for someone else to do it.
They had a call – or, at least, they knew what needed to be done, and they could have taken the initiative and made it work, but they never did. Maybe they are hoping and waiting for someone else to make the move.
They tried once – it didn’t work – and they gave up too soon.
Failure is a part of leadership. Certainly it is a part of maturing as a leader. If you give up after the first try you miss out on some of the best leadership development available.
They couldn’t find their place, they didn’t make one, and no one made it for them.
Find something to lead! The world is full of problems. Choose one you are passionate about and start leading. We need you! And, if you see someone with leadership abilities – make the ask! Plug them into leadership.
They thought they didn’t know how to lead.
I’ve been a student of leadership for over 20 years – in leadership positions for over 30 years – and my answer to that one is simple. Who does know how to lead? Sure, there are skills to be acquired, leadership is an art to be shaped, but leadership is new every morning, because there world is ever changing. Leadership involves people. When we can completely figure them out – we can completely figure out leadership. Until then watch, listen, read, learn, ask questions. Leaders are all around you. You can learn some skills of leadership if you are teachable. The best leaders are still learning how to lead.
Are any of these the reason you’re not currently leading, but you know you should be?