I like to think of myself as a sort of leadership connoisseur.
I love reading about good leaders, and better yet, great leaders.
For some people their leadership is expressed in a single act, and then they are done. For others their entire lives they have been leaders. They have carried themselves above reproach. Others have fallen from the leadership grace, and descending down into the pits.
It's almost worst for someone who has been a leader and then fallen off the wagon. They've made the conscious decision to hold themselves to a higher standard. Then be it fame, fortune, or the stress of it all. They come crashing down faster than they ascended. And the crash they experience is far worse than anything else the common man would live through.
When I was in high school I always wanted to be the captain of the football team - luckily that dream came true lol. I wanted to be the one in charge. I wanted all the glory, and at that point in my life I was ok with taking the blame and failing. Even though I wasn't entirely sure what that meant at that age.
After high school I went into the Marine corps. Where I got my first real, actual taste of what leaders and leadership really is. I graduated boot camp at the head of my platoon, and the company guide of boot camp. Pretty much meaning out of the 600 some strangers that came together in boot camp, I came out on top. Number 1 out of 600. Not too shabby from a little boy in a small town in Wisconsin.
Even before I went into the Marine corps I was reading books about leaders and leadership, and I still do to this day. Leaders of all walks of life, all creeds, sexs, in all areas of life. Being a leader isn't just reserved for the ultra famous, or military personal.
When I read job postings of positions for new hires, and I see the word "leader" pasted within the posting, like it's an actual obtainable position really chaps my ass.
For some reason the regular joe shmoes of the world insist on interchanging "supervisor" or "manager/management" with the word Leader.
Leader is not some job that you can apply for. It's not a position you can obtain or some level to get to.
Leader. Leadership is something to aspire to, it's something that separates the ones that are just here for the pay check with those who want to change the world.
Leaders cannot be interchangeable with supervisor or with manager.
Now a manager and supervisor can be a leader. But they can also be a P.O.S. (piece of shit). Hence why they are not interchangeable.
Also, anyone who is not a manager or supervisor. Let's call them the little people. All of the little people can be leaders as well.
Being a leader is not pigeon hold into a position. It is a personality, it is a code of conduct. Leaders have values, they have integrity.
A leader can come from anywhere at any time. A leader can be born, but it can also be thrust into the spotlight whether by their own accord or by the circumstances.
But let me be abundantly clear. MANAGERS AND SUPERVISORS ARE NOT INTERCHANGEABLE WITH BEING A LEADER.
So please. For the love of God and all that is holy. Stop pretending like the two mean the same thing when they clearly do not. A manager manages the situation. A leader enhances that situation. Completely different.