I believe that there’s quite a big difference between being A leader and being THE leader. It all comes down to your motivation. And these drivers have only been amplified by the coronavirus pandemic.
For me, being A leader is about looking after yourself, while being THE leader entails looking after others. One isn’t better than the other. You have to be A leader and lead yourself before you can even think about being THE leader and leading others.
We’ve all experienced incredible disruption in the last year and, for many of us, this situation caused a lot of fear and uncertainty. If you are THE leader, you likely responded to this disruption by looking outwards at those around you and trying to find ways to help, support and include them. When times are tough, it is tempting to move quickly and make decisions without considering others or seeking input from those around you.
However, being THE leader means that you can’t have tunnel vision and you can’t make decisions in a vacuum. If you are THE leader, you will use this opportunity to rethink how things have always been done so that the post-pandemic world is better than the one that came before it.
A matter of perspective
When the world went into lockdown at the start of 2020, I think we can all agree that we’d found ourselves in a rather unpleasant situation. But as the months passed, everyone had to find a way of carrying on and maintaining some semblance of normalcy despite everything going on around us. Many of us believed that this would all be over by now, but the virus is still very much with us, so we need to do our best to shift our perspective.
This means viewing COVID-19 and everything that comes along with it as a challenge that can be overcome and not as a massive, insurmountable hurdle. It’s something that we need to learn from and it’s an opportunity for us to grow and do things differently. This is obviously easier said than done, but by shifting our perspective we can completely change how we approach what lies ahead of us.
You won’t always get this right. It’s entirely normal to have good and bad days and experience successes and failures. But being THE leader entails doing your very best given the situation you find yourself in and making sure that you help others do the same.