We were brainwashed to think that leaders are perfect. They’re the people who have it all figured out. Their lives are idealized. Their habits, routines, hacks, tactics are followed scrutinously.
Meanwhile, even though we aspire to lead (not to confuse with manage), we assume we’re not ready.
We’re not there. We’re not as perfect, as glamorous, and we don’t have it all figured out.
I’ve got good news for you.
You’re already a leader. And you’re already enough.
If you can lead yourself, you can lead others. A leader is someone who shows the right direction when others are lost. Most often, by following that direction herself.
A manager is someone who worries about getting there on time.
Some of the best leaders – seemingly perfect on the outside – are some of the most imperfect and broken people you’d ever meet. Their superpower is not perfection.
A Thelonious Monk said, “A genius is the one most like himself.”
Leaders are experts at being themselves.
That’s what allows them to lead in the first place.