When you are true to who you are and being truly authentic life and leadership become like a dance. It is a give and a take, a balance of what you need and want vs. the needs and wants of others. When you dance (especially a partner dance like ballroom or salsa) the interaction between two people must be deliberate and sanctioned (e.g. - both people want to be dancing together) and must flow together (e.g. - allow for the back and forth, give and take, and compromise of healthy partnerships). As a leader having a vision and using your voice to ask for other's support or backing is just one part of the equation. The leader must also ask for input, deliberately involve others in making for a greater unity of parts vs. solely going at it alone. For really good leadership to happen the leader and the "follower(s)" must truly be in it together and the wisdom of the duo truly makes the leader wiser and the follower want to be involved.
Leadership is not a forcing or a vision but not having the influence and/or "voice" (e.g. - power of persuasion and/or influence) to have others want to follow you, it is truly wisely dedicating yourself to a cause you believe in working in tandem with others who truly get it and want to pursue that same cause. Sometimes they might be the indicating the right path but mainly they are working with you so that you can go much farther (and have a much more enjoyable time than going it alone).
If you are leader learn to dance. Be willing to go with the flow sometimes. Allow the togetherness to grow you not only but truly entice you to want to bring others along to your vision and not force it on them. Deliberately work to partner with others and the nature of leadership enhances not just you but them too.
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.