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The second part of Monday’s class, while still emphasizing leadership, focused on the stages of leadership. Leadership styles scope an entire spectrum, beginning with unconscious incompetence and moving toward unconscious competence. In other words, it ranges from not being aware of your weaknesses, to understanding your weaknesses, to if you think about it you can over come your weaknesses and finally arriving and growing past your weaknesses until the strentghs become who you are. In the end you don’t want to have to think about being a great leader, you just want to naturally be one. You actively make good decisions and do the right things more from muscle memory as opposed to consciously analyzing every move you make and how people might respond to you.
You can’t fake being a good leader. You can fake being a good manager. Managers can make good decisions and be detail-oriented to accomplish store goals, but to be a true leader, you have to have the right motivations. You have to be there for the right reasons. A leader pours their heart and soul into their role. You can be a good manager and get the job done, but a leader makes people stand up and follow you without even realizing it. One of my favorite leadership quotes, by Lao Tzu, states, “A leader is best when people barely know he exists, where his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves.”
Someone in class said "Managers do things right while leaders do the right things." Dont know which classmate or professer said it, but it rang for me.
A leader inspires people to reach their potential and accomplish personal and collective goals. Who inspires you?