True leaders have much in common at Liberty National Life Insurance Company. One of those things is their willingness to do what is hard. Notice I said willingness, not talent, education, experience, etc. Willingness. True leaders are willing to do what is hard because they muster up the courage to have the hard conversation, be honest with themselves, and not deny what is reality. They stare the hard stuff in the face and deal with it.
Courage is not the absence of fear. Courage is doing what needs to done while afraid. Heroes become heroes because they take action others are unwilling to take. The finest action always follows the most willingness.
So, if you want to find out who is a leader and who isn’t, look to see who is doing the easy stuff. It won’t be a leader. Remember the following:
- It’s easier to settle for average than strive for achievement.
- It’s easier to be saturated with complacency than stirred with compassion.
- It’s easier to be skeptical than successful.
- It’s easier to question than conquer.
- It’s easier to rationalize your disappointments or performance than realize your dreams.
- It’s easier to succumb to fear and doubt than exercise faith
So if you find yourself doing what’s hard, you’re leading from the front … and chances are there’s a whole bunch of people following you, too! What do you think inspires a leader to do the hard stuff?