What qualifies you to lead people? That is a question that any person desiring or transitioning into a leadership role should ask themselves. Leadership is not based on position but on influence. Many people have sloppy lives and when these people get into a leadership role, what do you get? You guessed it, sloppy leadership. Yet it is funny how people with sloppy lives do not examine their personal situation to see if it warrants them the right to lead others. Our professional lives are just an extension of our personal lives. If our personal lives are not in order, then our professional lives will not be either. Some people are good at hiding personal issues, but they will surface at some point and who that person truly is will surface as well. Therefore it is wise to live a life worthy of being called a leader and not try to assume the title until your hidden life matches your professional aspirations. Things to consider when examining whether or not you are ready for leadership:
How are you managing you relationships (i.e. kids, spouse, significant other, family)? How are you managing your finances (i.e., budgeting, debt to asset ratio, etc.)? How are you managing your health? How is your spiritual life? How are you personally growing? How do people outside of work respond to you, how do they regard you (do they seek you for advice, look to you for leadership, respect you)?
Food For Thought.