Leading the ship, but without the leadAhoy! The anchor is aweigh, the ship is set to sail.
Who's the captain?
Not the one with the lead in the feet, nor the one with an iron hand.
Not the one who shirks the work or avoids facing the band.
Not the one with the inflated ego and bombastic words.
Not the one who self-credits what is another's due and generally acts like a jerk.
'Tis the one with the zest and spring in the step, the one with a firm, but gentle touch.
'Tis the one who steps up to the plate to take on responsibilities and faces the heat with aplomb.
'Tis the one who takes pride in the work with diffidence and lack of vanity.
'Tis the one who appreciates a job well done and is not too harsh at errors and shows some humanity.
Steering the ship as a leader is not learned through books and listening to speakers at seminars. Leadership is a skill learned on the job. You need to understand that it is not merely about delegating tasks and communication skills, about being a visionary and staying cool and remaining humble. It is deeply connected to building a good-natured rapport and empathy with the team, being able to work in a tandem shoulder to shoulder alongside them. You should be able to guide them when required but at the same time step back and respect their expertise, letting their wings soar independently. These are, in my opinion, the core lessons to be learned in being a leader.
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