A friend of mine shared an article the other day from Forbes titled Are You Sabotaging Your Career By Being Perceived As A Doer And Not A Leader? While I have reservations about a one or two points, much of the article is a good read. And for me it helps expose certain truths about being a leader that resonated deeply with me. While I agree with my friend’s sentiment being a leader also means being a doer at times, it requires more of us. This quote from the middle of the article perhaps summarizes it best … leaders are not afraid to do … but they are most effective when they calmly influence and motivate others towards the broader vision!
Often the missing ingredient is “Executive Presence.” Those with executive presence exude confidence; they are influential, proactive and respond calmly, but firmly in challenging situations. In other words, they are “cool as a cucumber” under stress. They are considered leaders as they focus on the big picture and motivate others toward the overall success of the company. They are not afraid to step outside of their offices, roll up their sleeves and pitch in when needed.