For most of my adult life, I was comfortable being a follower in most situations. An active, dependable follower who plays a crucial part in the leader's success. That's me.
I tried to be a leader a few times when I was a kid, and got shut down, mocked and ignored ... so I decided I was done with that.
It's taken some bona fide leadership training and a lot of self-analysis and personal growth for me to understand what real leadership is, and what it isn't.
The best quote I've read on the subject is by Antoine de Saint Exupery:
"If you want to build a ship, don't drum up people together to collect wood and don't assign the tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea."
The times I've felt most successful as a leader have been when I pushed from behind or within, instead of pulling from the front. Being the agent of change that allows your followers to feel empowered and capable and successful themselves - THAT will get them where you want them to go.
This concept of creating a tribe made up of people who all want the same thing - that's also key to being an effective leader. Start With Why, by Simon Sinek, is my bible on this matter. I'm hugely excited about reading the follow-up, Find Your Why.
What leadership resources have helped you? Are there any books or workshops you would recommend?