To anyone that actually understands what leadership truly is, they have found themselves asking this question at least once. If you are doing it right, being a leader is difficult. A leader's job is so fraught with difficult decisions, challenging followers, changing rules and environments, the list goes on and on. So it begs the question, Why bother being a leader?
Wouldn't it be so much easier to just let someone else do it? Especially when times are tough, there isn't a clear goal or if the morale of your team, company, followers etc. is at an all time low. The answer? Yes, of course it would! But if you don't lead, who will?
Leaders give people hope
In today's world there is so much negativity. You can't turn on the news, open social media or talk to someone without something negative coming up. Negativity is a part of life, it always has been and always will be.
Leaders however, have the ability to cut through the negativity and renew a sense of hope in others. They lift the spirits of those around them and instill confidence that their tomorrows will be better than their todays.
When a leader is able to bring hope to a struggling employee, a beleaguered volunteer, a frightened child, they can help change the trajectory of that person's day, week or even year.
A leader that can bring hope to those around them can have a massive impact on that person. Which in turn can have a massive impact on a family, which might impact a whole community. You never know who you might save from a day, a week, a lifetime of being stuck in negativity.
I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples - Mother Teresa
Leaders motivate others
There are countless stories that exist across all of humankind of individuals or groups of people being pushed to greatness by a leader. In fact it is one of the primary roles of a leader, to motivate others beyond what they think themselves capable of.
How do leaders accomplish that? It starts with knowing and understanding the people they are hoping to motivate. If you want to get more out of someone, you have to know what makes them tick. So many new leaders fail because they rely on their formal authority to get things done. If instead, they took the time to engage and understand those around them, they would find motivating them much easier.