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Godin says that leadership is scarce because people are usually unwilling to go through the discomfort of becoming a true leader. That discomfort takes curiosity, willingness to stand up for something that is different from others and a choice to do something about it.
He continues to say that the thing that holds people back is lack of faith. Leaning into a vision and/or a problem actually makes it go away instead of running away from it or not trying.
I agree that faith is an important part of becoming a leader - it is faith in the little hunches that you get that give you an idea or vision, faith to act on those hunches that come to you instead of avoiding them, and faith to let go of things from the past that aren’t working so that you can grab onto the new opportunities that are coming to you.
I took a huge leap of faith in starting my first business and then in recognizing the hunches that told me I needed to re-brand that business and add other services to it. It was scary and I did avoid it for a long time, but when I finally let go of the past and stepped into the present I realized that it is the only place where I can truly make a difference and truly lead - not just myself, but all of those other people whom I want to serve.
Do you have to step into your leadership potential? Do you have faith to follow your hunches? Do you have faith to follow through on the vision that you have had for a long time or that you just got? What step can you take today to trust in your leadership ability?
Monica Thakrar has over 18 years experience in business focused mainly on strategy, change management, leadership development, training and coaching resulting in successful implementations of large scale transformation programs.