Recently I came across this quote “Great leaders don’t set out to be a leader. They set out to make a difference. It’s never about the role, always about the goal.” and it got me thinking about all the different supervisors I’ve had in the past. Like most, I’ve had both great and not so great leadership which helped me define how I wanted to be. When I took my first supervisor position, I knew I wanted to be someone that made a difference to those who reported to me.
Quote Meaning to me.
This quote is everything I represent and how I want to be portrayed by my employees and other team members. I’ve never taken a position to get a job title, for money, or the recognition. I’ve always wanted to make a difference in the lives of others and I’ve let this guide me in most major decisions in my life.
Leadership is present in parenting, office work, helping our children and many other aspects of our lives. When we are interacting with others we need to consider who we lean on and ensure they have our best interests in mind.
How to be a Better Leader and Make a Difference
While we are being paid to do a job, I’ve always set out to ensure my employees were happy in their position or were working towards a future endeavor. Creating development plans is one way you can make sure you know what goals you are working towards.
Helping others understand their greatest strengths so they can be successful is very important to me. The best way to do this is to understand their personal goals. Make sure you consider more than just their career as personal goals are often much larger than their office roles and you want to make sure they don’t conflict with each other.
Making a Difference in Yourself
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Setting goals for your life and knowing what you want is a huge asset. I like to use vision boards to help me envision where I want to go with my life. I have an app that I use on my phone that even reminds me to look at it every day. This is helpful so I don’t forget what I am working so hard for. Have you ever used a vision board?