Since the beginning of the year we have been focused on honing or creating leaderships skills, so this post might seem like a little bit of a side road. But stick with me on this one. When a building is constructed, the key step is the placement of a cornerstone. This is what all construction relies on, foundation, footings, eventual walls. The vision of who you want to become as a leader, is your cornerstone. A reference to constantly look back to when wondering what the point of all this is.
I want you to think of a foundational leader you have observed in your life. Someone that demonstrates an almost unatainable leadership level and has the loyalty of those they lead.
The challenge: On a sticky note, or another piece of paper, write the name of someone you put on a such a leadership pedestal. Someone you know enough about to list admirable traits. Then go on a search in yourself and those around you, for the traits of that leader.
Preferably make this person someone who is real to you. Maybe a family member, co-worker, former boss, or teacher. Someone you have seen in action – in person. This exercise is the basis of vision. Take time this week to find that person. Write down their name somewhere you will see it daily. Then search your surroundings for their traits. This person should not just be someone you admire, but someone you possibly think you could never live up to, or who’s character might seem unobtainable. Just trust me. Good luck.