Who Are You as a Leader?

“You don’t have to hold a position in order to be a leader.”

~Anthony J. D’Angelo

Who Are You as a Leader?

By Joelle Kay Jay

  • A business corporate leader. Corporate leaders often hold leadership positions in their organizations. You may even own the company. But you can also serve as a leader in your company even without the fancy title by the way you act and interact.
  • A professional leader. You can be a leader in your profession whether you are a consultant, or an independent professional like an attorney, speaker, or physician.
  • A community leader. You may have a leadership role in public service, as a nonprofit board member, in your church, or in your neighborhood.
  • A family leader. As a mother, father, sister, brother, son, daughter, or cousin, you may take an active part in creating your family environment.
  • An inspirational leader. You may be a leader among your friends, family, and by fans by the way you conduct yourself – as reflected by your character, your choices and your demeanor.
  • A thought leader. You could be leading change with original ideas and new ways of thinking.
  • An action leader. Maybe you’re the one with the energy to make things happen and the charisma to get others to do the same.
  • The leader of your own life. No matter who you are or what you do, you get to take the lead in your life. No one else will do that for you. No one can. Every single one of us is leading a life, which may be the most exciting kind of leadership of all.

In what ways are you a leader? (Jay, p. 2-3)

Jay, J.K., (2009). The Inner Edge: The 10 Practices of Personal Leadership. Santa Barbara: CA, ABC CLIO.

Reprinted with permission from the OSU Leadership Center, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH 43210, (614) 292-3114, http://leadershipcenter.osu.edu.

Coaching Call To Action

As you think about all of the different roles in your life, where are you being a leader? Where are you not being a leader? What would it take for you to be a leader? What is the one step you will take that will stretch you as a leader in your life?