Leadership is knowing who you are, and staying on course.
It is knowing that when you found you were off course, you were able to correct your direction and get back on track.
After reaching your goal, it is pausing long enough to celebrate your success before going on to the next challenge. It is passing it on to those who carry on after you.
There is no satisfaction in your professional life that can compare to this sense of fulfillment. No individual achievement can equal the pleasure of leading a group of people to achieve a worthy goal. When you cross the finish line together, all the pain and suffering you have experienced, vanishes. It is replaced by a deep inner satisfaction-- that you made a difference.
Countless numbers of people will benefit from your efforts. They will pass on your legacy to those who come along behind, because at the end of the day, the only thing you take with you is what you leave behind.
You cannot find achievement by observing leaders from the sidelines, or by being a brilliant observer from the press box high above. You have no choice but to get in there and get your faced marred by dust, sweat and blood.
That, is what life and leadership is all about.
Are you prepared to enter that arena?To dare greatly, to know the great enthusiasms and the great devotions?
If you are, in the end, you will also know the triumph of high achievement.
It’s never too late… or too soon to step up to leadership.
--Bill George, True North