I’ve heard all kinds of ideas about what it takes to be a leader.
Things like “Oh, I am an introvert. I’m not born to be a leader.” Or “I don’t want to draw all the attention.”
I use to think you have to be an alpha type to be a leader, maybe even intimidating or loud.
Yes, you can be outgoing and charming, like Bill Clinton.
Then we see introvert leaders like Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg, I noticed that people will pay attention to them even when they are quiet. They don’t need to be loud to be heard.
Comparing what great leaders have in common, I found that leadership is a collection of skills. And it’s something that you can learn by practicing.
It was the moment when Leonard Dicaprio got his Oscar that I realized he never won an Academy Award before—not once, not twice, not three times, but four times nominated, sat there, in front of cameras, in front of millions of audience, then watched the award go to others.
We all had those moments: we don’t always get what we want. We lose. We fail. Even when we worked hard for it.