Trying hard, working hard and managing can often times be confused with leading. Leadership is about leading people and creating a natural movement. Leaders lead people, managers manage things. A leader should be in the business of creating a culture of movement, a culture of action and a culture of success.
You might ask, “How does a leader do this?” Leaders are either innately gifted at leading or develop an ability to create buy-in to what they’re selling. They are able to sell their leadership with a compelling vision and more importantly what’s inside of them is compelling. Leaders don’t sit around and wait on the wind to blow or people to tell them what to do. Leaders get things done and develop an army of people to get it done with them.
Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.” That is one of the most true statements about leadership, it’s not about searching for others to provide answers. Leadership is about pointing towards a destination and walking the walk until you get there. If you walk the walk and people believe in what you are selling they will follow you.
If you are molding a sculpture into a beautiful work of art, it takes time to shape, create and form. The same is true for leadership, it takes time to mold, create and shape a leadership culture of success.
Stop searching for consensus and start molding consensus.