Personal choice is a crucial step in becoming a leader. A person wanting to be a leader must actively choose to commit to what is required of leaders. This choice is intentional and volitional. Choosing to be a leader is not a one-time event. Rather this choice is made daily, at challenging times moment to moment.
The choice is enrolling oneself as a leader who makes a difference for others. For the person who is serious about being a leader, the choice begins a potential lifelong journey of discovery and learning. Leaders need high levels of commitment to deal with daily challenges, e.g., success, failure, hostility and surprises of all kinds. Being a leader requires large doses of courage, humility and resilience, all of which reflect the leader’s commitment. Being a leader is NOT natural or comfortable, at least not at first.
Being a leader requires high levels of commitment to be someone who engages and inspires others. This inspiration of others involves enrolling them in a new possibility for being at work. That is, other choosing to be enrolled in the possibility of making a difference for others in the organization, and ultimately the organization itself.