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First steps in leading from where you are

But how do you do this if you’ve never been a leader before or other people don’t necessarily see you as a leader? 

1. Take a look in the mirror. Take a look at yourself and think about what you’re passionate about and what you’re good at. Beginning with these two things can take you farther than you might have thought possible.

2. Follow interests and passions. Think of it this way, if you really enjoy or feel strongly about something, it’s probably going to consume your mind and time. This can be a great thing. Why? Because time spent doing something that interests you will fly by and you’ll enjoy what you’re doing…even if it’s challenging.

3. Ask yourself “Why?” Once there’s been some time to think about your passions and interests, think about the “Why” behind those interests. What was it that first grabbed your attention about your topic of interest and why. For example, if you feel strongly about cuts in education and it drives you crazy, why is that? Was it because you had an awesome teacher that made a difference in your life? Or, was it because someone you know had a different education and you want to level the playing field?

Whatever the interest, passion or reason, it’s good to take some time to explore this. It’s the first step toward self-leadership, leading in your own context, and taking action.