“What is your tennis ball? – Drew Houston, founder of Dropbox asked in an MIT commencement speech. “The most successful people are obsessed with solving an important problem, something that matters to them. They remind me of a dog chasing a tennis ball. Find your tennis ball – the thing that pulls you!”
Passion is something all people are born with – the trick is learning what that passion is and then developing it. Real leaders are people that pursue their passion every day. . .do you? If you are self-motivated to discover the answer to a long held question; if you really need to solve a problem that’s important to you; if you want to share with others what you are passionate about…then, you might just be a leader.
In order to discover and nurture your inner passions, you must first ask yourself what you do that makes you feel your best. We all perform better when we feel great, so realizing what makes feel our best can only lead to helping us do our best. Even though we may be restricted to our work environment, we can still mentally challenge ourselves to use our minds to frame the situation as positively as we can. And by projecting an image of confidence, we inspire others to follow.
What are your “Superpowers” that allow you to believe in what you do regardless if anyone else agrees? I use the term superpowers as a way to actualize your mental strengths and acuities. We all of have superpowers of one sort or another, we just need to identify and utilize them. Our superpowers are what give us confidence and confidence is what leaders are made of, so we must all utilize our superpowers daily.
What did you enjoy doing at age 12, which you no longer do? More importantly, what will you say about your life in 30 years from now? What did you accomplish? These are the kind of questions we must ask ourselves on a daily basis to provide the motivation we need to lead. By keeping our lives in perspective, we can all learn to improve our leadership abilities.
In summarizing my thoughts on the important traits of leadership, I would like to emphasize the point that in which I truly believe, everyone has the ability to lead to some degree.
I believe that everyone has a leader within themselves, as well as the innate qualities necessary, that will help them throughout their life achieve their goals and aspirations. In my opinion, not everyone has the drive, ability, skill or even the desire to attain a level of leadership. My question for you is, “Are you willing to put in the time, effort, experience and hard work it takes to uncover your greatness within?”
Aaron Rennert, Vice President Worldwide Sales and Marketing, GM Sisel International
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