Eight Signs You Are a Leader And Not Just a Follower

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Life is too short to have a herd mentality.

Baa! Baa! Don’t be a sheep anymore.

Dare to be different, to live a life that brings the most to others and leaves a great legacy.

Never forget what Albert Einstein said,

“The person who follows the crowd will usually go no further than the crowd. The person who walks alone will likely find himself in places no one has ever seen.”

But first, you must know if you have what it takes to be unique and make a difference.

To do this, check if you have these ten signs or signals that all leaders share in their personalities.

Let’s get started.

1. You like to be alone, although you know how to be sociable.

A true leader is never afraid to be alone with his thoughts and looks for the gaps to be alone with himself.

On the other hand, he can easily interact with others.

A good leader is charismatic by nature but does not abuse his power or try to seduce others to use them for his benefit.

2. You adapt to changes without complaining.

There are two types of people in this world: those who need others to tell them what to do. And those who know what to do without anyone having to say to them.

It has nothing to do with your social class or employment status; you don’t have to be a self-employed entrepreneur to be a leader. Instead, you can work for a third party and be a great example of leadership.

All you have to do is work and deal with setbacks efficiently and decisively without losing your optimism because that attitude inspires the rest of your team.

3. You like the silence and only speak when necessary.

People often talk too much. However, an authentic leader doesn’t need social validation from others.

Leaders only speak when necessary and never waste time and energy looking for the claps.

People with dangerous egos do that.

The clever people understood that communication’s objective is communicating what you need or want effectively.

The rest is only noise. Because the excess of words means a bunch of information, and far from simplifying the thing, it always complicates them.

4. You know who you are. Your ego doesn’t need constant validation.

This point is closely related to the previous one. A leader does not require the approval of his followers, only their respect.

He does not need them to validate his ego; he knows what he is worth very well. He is a person who is aware of his strengths, flaws, and shortcomings.

They have strong personalities because they have not had it easy and know when someone condones them, too many people have tried to take advantage of them with false praise.

5. You don’t demonize money.

True leaders know that money is a tool to improve the world. And they don’t detract from it.

On the other hand, they know that money is only an instrument, not an end. And therefore, leaders do not obsess about it, more than necessary, to bring their projects to fruition.

They always remember that even the excellent Samaritan needed money to help.

They are responsible for their expenses, thrifty, and apply their assets efficiently, accepting market risks.

They don’t live to throw hundred-dollar bills in the air, but they know that in this “Monopoly” called life when the game is over, all the chips, properties, and accounts return to the cash box.

6. You treat others the way you like them to treat you.

Treating others how you want them to treat you is more selfish than you think.

It is a measure designed to keep your distance. And that allows you to develop as an individual.

Leaders have to be selfish with their time and resources, and to do that, they need to create some separation from others.

Being polite achieves that distance.

7. You don’t lose your temper quickly.

All people who are examples of leadership face a lot of criticism along the way. Half the world points the finger at them, and the other half is waiting for them to make a mistake to point the finger at them.

To be a leader, you must learn to work under pressure. Because the world is a place where anyone who tries to grow is attacked. It’s like the crab fable,

“A tourist was strolling along the harbor when he came across a crab fisherman with a pot full of crabs but uncovered. Upon seeing him, the tourist said to the fisherman, “Cover the pot, or the crabs will escape,” To which the old fisherman replied, “Don’t worry, the crabs at the bottom of the pot always grab any crab that rises a little and tries to escape and drag it back to the bottom.”

Just know the higher you climb, the more they try to pull you down. Leaders know this but stay calm because calmness gives them plenty of resources. So, if you’re restless, you’re not 100 percent. And if you’re not 100 percent, you can’t excel.

8. You accept the risk, are patient, and do not settle for short-term rewards.

All leaders are visionaries: they can see where others cannot.

This vision allows them to put short-term rewards out of their lives because they know that the pot of gold is found at the end of the rainbow, never at the beginning.

They are patient, and they ask for forgiveness every time they make a mistake. And when things do not go as expected, they start over from scratch as often as necessary.

Being a leader takes time to happen. Success is hard to achieve and even harder to maintain. That is why patience and delaying rewards are two virtues necessary for success.

Now you know the eight main signs that all leaders have. So you have to see if you have what it takes, and if so, decide to be yourself and step out of the norm.

Best of luck, see you on the road.

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