I’m sure you have heard the old saying “leaders are not made, they are born.” While this slogan can be appealing to natural leaders, it is quite far from the truth. The truth is that leadership is a skill that can be honed and developed. If a person is brave enough to step up to the plate, anyone can be a great leader. In many instances, leaders are not necessarily the first people to raise their hands and volunteer. Oftentimes, the best leaders are chosen by their peers to step up to the challenge.

It Starts from the Bottom.

Believe it or not, leadership starts from the bottom. It starts with accountability and transcends Into strength, awareness, empathy, and positivity. Every organization relies on each individual to support the mission, vision, and strategy of a company. Executive leadership cannot accomplish their goals on their own and it’s imperative that they develop a culture that promotes bottom-up leadership.

Empaths Make Great Leaders.

Surprisingly, people who are empathetic can make the best leaders. Having an understanding and respect for people is one of the most favorable traits in leaders. Because leadership is managing people, it’s highly important to understand and sympathize with the people you are working with. Leadership starts and ends with the people who contribute a higher vision. Leaders have expectations for the people they work with and surround themselves with others who share the same philosophy.

Making a Commitment to Leadership.

As we mentioned in the beginning, leaders are not born, they are made. Making a commitment to lead is the first step to obtaining the confidence and skills you need to empower the people around you.