Limitless Leadership is a concept that I developed over the course of a decade of working with young leaders. I’ve had the opportunity to work with thousands of young leaders, to research leadership, to study successful leaders, and to draw from my own leadership experiences. I have personally observed everything from awful to amazing leadership. One of the key lessons I’ve learned is that everyone has an unbelievable amount of potential inside of them, but without the right series of events it often never emerges. Limitless Leadership is about all young leaders having the ability to thrive in everything they do so that they are able to improve themselves, those around them, and everything they are involved in. Leadership starts with our ability to lead our own lives and then transcends to our ability to positively impact the people and community around us.
Limitless Leadership means accepting that you are a leader, determining what drives you, and having a willingness to thrive rather than just survive, because we all have extraordinary potential inside us.
Accept that you are a leader. It may sound silly to say this, but you can’t be a leader until you embrace being one. Leadership may sound scary, but it really isn’t. Anyone can do it at a high level, and there is nothing wrong with “learning on the fly.” If you have integrity and work hard, you are well on your way, but you’ll want to first embrace being a leader.
Determine what drives you. Each of us is passionate about certain things; the quicker you can connect to what those passions are, the more powerful you will be. You should constantly be trying to determine what you are passionate about, what problems you want to solve, who you want to help, and how you can add value to people, causes, and organizations. We are all far more dangerous as leaders when we connect with what drives us, because we inevitably work harder and are more productive when we are involved with the things we care about. Allow your passions to drive your leadership of yourself and others.
Have a willingness to thrive rather than just survive. The world is far more competitive now than it has ever been, which means that doing the bare minimum simply isn’t good enough. Be willing to not only take risks but embrace risk; leave your comfort zone rather than just doing the bare minimum to get by. You don’t need to be in charge of everything you are involved with, but you should try to give your absolute best to whatever you are involved with.
We all have extraordinary potential inside us. Understand that you have an unbelievable amount of potential inside of you along with a desire to extract that. The faster you tap into that potential, the faster it comes out and continues to grow. Never sell yourself short or think you can’t do something; every young leader I’ve ever worked with has had amazing leadership potential inside of them. It is just a matter of recognizing it and channeling it outward. Leaders are able to reach their potential and help others do the same.