By Cory Davis
I’ve never had any ambition to lead. Following is so effortless, and I was unmotivated. I was letting job after job just pass me by. I became so disinterested in doing what others told me to do that I would stop caring about the position and the company all together. The problem I had was that my leaders weren’t leaders at all, just people who have worked at the company longer than everyone else.
To become a leader, it takes more than seniority. It takes trust in your company, and the employees working beneath you. When I first started seeing what a true leader was, I noticed that it wasn’t a position that is just given to you. I ended up taking a job at a small company, my supervisor met me outside on my first day and spent the first month working with me. Not only mentoring me, but actually doing the work with me. It made sense now, leading wasn’t barking commands at employees, it was motivating the employees to work hard on their own. As I continued working, I started to care about the company and my fellow employees.
Once you’re invested in a company, working hard becomes easy. During down time at work I started to learn other positions so I could help with any task. After doing this I started to see that other employees were lacking motivation and I started looking for ways to connect with them. I started guiding these employees much like my supervisor had done for me; I came to the realization that I was becoming a leader on my own.
Anyone can yell orders, but only a great leader can plant the seed of motivation in others and grow new leaders.
© 2014 Cory Davis