Last week I wrote a post called “Should I Become a Manager?” It hopefully gives you a reasonable framework to make an informed decision on whether you are:
- Truly interested in becoming a manager AND
- Believe you will be an effective manager
This week I want to circle back to the individuals who have already decided or will ultimately decide managing others isn’t for them.
First, congratulations. After running a thoughtful process, I hope you feel liberated by your decision. You can always re-evaluate down the road. Second, you’re not…completely…off the hook.
That’s right. We still need you to lead. Lead by example. Lead a life of integrity. Mentor our youth. Mentor a new hire at your company. Serve a higher power. Serve your family and community. Coach your child’s sports team. Coach someone in a presentation at work. Teach a coding class online. Teach someone how to play an instrument.
In a word, leadership is
The reality is you are going to have several opportunities to lead today. It might be your kids, your spouse, your coworkers, or the person you hold the door for at Starbucks.
Will your influence be positive or negative?
Because let’s be honest, in today’s age, we need more people like yourself to help lead the way as a force for good.
Thanks for reading,