Leaders, by nature, are bold spirits, whether they realize it or not. It takes a lot to be a leader and the individual qualities that can be found within one can be summed up into boldness.
The beginnings of leadership spring from a vision of the future, a difference, a new idea, something that requires support to achieve. For a leader to realize that vision he or she has to have the courage to stand alone at the beginning—when no one else will stand with him or no one else has the guts to do it. To do something different, to be in the spotlight can be scary—and the thought of failure disheartening.
That is why the leader must also have confidence in the idea itself, in his or her own ability, and the idea that the vision can be achieved and that people will eventually support it. This breeds motivation to keep going till people listen, are swayed, and follow.
Leaders are willing to listen and to learn from others because they are passionate about their activities and understand that their passion can be enhanced by doing so. Passion can and should be shared in order to grow to full potential. And leaders set the example for their followers to find encouragement for their new ideas, too.
Leaders are bold, whether in the workplace, community, or even in their personal lives—you have to lead yourself first. You set a vision for your life/company/career. You have the confidence in what you want and how you will get it. You find the courage to go after it. You are passionate. You are a Leader. You are a Bold Spirit.
Vision ~ Confidence ~ Courage ~ Passion ~ Bold
How do you lead? Please share how you think leadership is bold—I’d love to hear and learn from you!