It is interesting that some of the greatest leaders of all time did not become influential after they were given a position. They were leaders who changed their world and left legacies of impact that are being felt even today.
Some of these would be people like Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King, Jr., Jesus Christ, Rosa Parks, Mother Teresa, Mahatma Gandhi and many others. The majority of these leaders did not have any formal position or authority. The lives of these leaders were not defined by their position. Yet, these leaders changed the course of history. Their leadership was defined by the impact they had on the lives of others. Leadership then is about what you do, not where you’re seated. Because, many sit in the place of position but do nothing. Leadership means a person is leading or functioning out in front, leaving a wake of influence in those behind them.
Depositing the vision, and winning the hearts of people, along with structuring a system of reproduction to carry the legacy becomes a lasting indomitable force in any movement.
Titles are simply the sign that define the function and responsibility of the individual occupying that position. However, we do not need a title or wait on a formal position to get something done. Start where you are! People are leading long before they possess a sacred chair of leadership. Leading doesn’t start in the position, it is a lifestyle of the individual.
Many wait a lifetime for a onetime experience to kick off their lives and miss the process of each day. A journey of thousand steps begins with one. Start where you are.
Dr. Reuben Egolf