I’m a leadership geek. (My LinkedIn profile says so!)
But that doesn’t mean I think everyone should be a leader.
I’m a self-employed business owner, too. (My taxes tell me that! ha!) And I certainly don’t think everyone should be self-employed or own their own businesses.
One of the things I emphasize over and over again, and have for pretty much my entire life (yes, going back into childhood), is that we all get to be who we are. We get to have our own interests, our own ways of being smart and creative, our own ways of working and living.
Which also means we get to be leaders in our own ways … AND we get to be individual team members if that’s what works better for us … AND we get to be specialists if there’s a subject we want to dive deeply into … AND we get to be multi-passionate if we have hordes of topics that fascinate us.
And so on.
The proverbial square peg doesn’t fit into round holes very well. It’s uncomfortable, it scrapes off important parts of who we are, and it’s not likely to lead to a fulfilling, meaningful, successful career (or life).
If you want to be a leader, great. I’m on your side, I’ve got your back, and I’m here to help you be the best leader you can be.
If you don’t want to be a leader, that’s great too. I’m on your side, and while I’m not the right coach or consultant for you, there are plenty of good people out there who could offer exactly the help you need – if that’s what you want.
Don’t wander into a career path just because someone else laid it out for you. Don’t follow a professional trajectory that society, your family, your boss, or even a trusted mentor has told you is “the one” to follow – unless it feels good and right for you.
Challenge yourself, of course. Push yourself to grow, and accept that growth requires change and change requires feeling uncomfortable and even scared sometimes.
But don’t keep taking steps down a path that isn’t yours.