How do you know if you are meant to be a leader? The signs and strengths of leadership are apparent, says Luis Castro, a former Infantry Captain, awarded for his heroism in El Salvador’s Army in the war against terrorism, and co-founder/certified trainer for the John Maxwell Team. In this video, Luis discusses three strengths or characteristics that can help you determine if you are "meant" to be a leader. The first characteristic of leaders, says Luis, is a healthy discontent for the status quo. Leaders are constantly pursuing growth, positive change and improvements to the world around them. Leaders also have an innate sense of urgency, Luis explains; they refuse to succumb to complacency. Discover if you have the three strengths of leadership. Leave a comment describing the changes you are committed to in your life or the world around you.
The future belongs to people who are discontent with the present results, they are discontent with the present performance, they are discontent with the achievement that they've got right now. Once we get to the point of contentment, we stop growing. We stop growing, we stop leading. We stop leading, we stop teaching. Leaders have all the time lead to that position or that age that they are always, always not discontent, whining and griping and moaning about the results, but discontent as in, "You know, it can be done faster, it can be done probably better or less expensive," trying to find some quality. Never be totally just complacent with the results. I think that's why the future belongs to people who are discontent. So as a leader if you stagnate, they just look at the calendar for the last five years, and you'll see how they spend their time, how they spend their money. That will tell them if they are probably in stagnation. Leaders are always, always gravitating toward growth, gravitating for more and more knowledge, and when the people behind them see that the leader is the one who is dragging their feet, this is what happened to me not because I was sharper. I just had people that were dragging their feet. They'd been dragging their feet for 17 years. I've been there for six months. So when these individuals were just dragging their feet, dragging their feet, again, leadership is not a position, right? It's a disposition, so it was not difficult for me to move up. Leaders don't wait. Leaders are always on the move. That's what is so hard, to keep them, to find them. You don't make a leader. You find them, but when you find them you'll know that they're not going to be there for a long time. It takes a secure leader to be able to empower other leaders, because the leaders don't just go wherever you ask them to go. They question why. Why me? Can I leave early? Can I take my car? Can I bring somebody with me? That's why you have to be exposed. You want to grow in your teams. You have to really find leaders that help you to maneuver through the maze that we're going through.