I feel very lucky and privileged to be an extrovert.
Public speaking, hosting events and retreats, being on camera, nude modeling (long story), and other front-and-center activities are second nature to me. I crave the spotlight, and my energy reserves are replenished whenever I’m around large crowds.
Being a leader is a part of my DNA, but after coaching hundreds of ladies from all over the world, I’ve come to realize that leadership is something that many people shy away from.
In fact, I probably seem pretty annoying to more laidback folks. Eep.
Leaders can seem bossy, pretentious, self-righteous, loud, and overbearing. Like, get outta my face already!
But… (and you knew there’d be a “but”), leaders get stuff done. Leaders reach their goals. And more profoundly, leaders help change the world.
If you’re a go-with-the-flow introvert and you’re reading my “Type A” blog, I bet there’s a teeny voice inside you who says, “I want to be a leader! Me too!”
Thankfully, you can learn to stand out from the crowd even if you’ve been hiding under a rock for most of your life.
Here are some easy things you can do to prove you’re a leader.
Be a Leader in Your Business
Use your unique voice.
Admit it, you can tell when someone is mimicking another entrepreneur’s style online. Instead of being a poor copy of someone else, make it a point to write how you actually speak. That’s how you get your potential clients to trust you. My trick is to say my blog posts aloud before I transcribe them. Those of you who’ve met me in person know that I really use words like “folks” and “anyhoo” in my normal conversation.
Raise your prices.
Leaders don’t look at their competitors’ prices and then pick a number in that ballpark. No way! Make a list of everything you’d do for a client and choose a price that (1) honors your time and effort and (2) stretches you out of your comfort zone just enough. Remember, a real leader wants to be the most expensive [fill in the blank] out there.
Be a Leader at Work
Hiding in your cubicle like a scared little mouse is for rookies. Get out of your cube (or hallway or department) and walk around. Say hi to the senior management team and the board of directors. Let those big wigs put a face with your name, and they’ll remember you come promotion time.
Take on more responsibility.
Back when I was in corporate and stuck in another endless meeting, everyone would look away or hide behind their papers whenever a manger asked for volunteers. Be a leader and raise your hand! Show the team that they can count on you to lead the way (to bigger profits, perhaps?).
Be a Leader in Your Life
Take care of yourself.
Yes, it’s a cliché that you must put yourself first if you want to have the strength to help others, but that’s because it’s TRUE! Real leaders get plenty of sleep, exercise regularly, enjoy hobbies, and de-stress daily in order to do the heavy lifting that leadership requires.
Embrace your guilty pleasures.
Don’t mindlessly follow the latest trends when you’d really rather be doing something else. Teach your kids that it’s OK to be different and indulge in so-called guilty pleasures. Turn up the disco music and boogey down!
Do you act like a leader in your life and business?
In the comments below, share your best tips for going above and beyond.
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