I have been reading Peter Drucker's material for three decades. Drucker is considered the father of modern management studies and passed away just last year at the age of 96. He wrote 31 books that were translated into more than 20 languages. I have read his book The Effective Executive at least 15 times.
A few years ago, a daily "devotional" of Drucker material came out under the title, The Daily Drucker: 366 Days of Insight and Motivation for Getting the Right Things Done. I don't read it every day, but I keep it on my desk and refer to it from time to time. There was entry for April 6 that I must share with you today (I'll have another entry for you tomorrow):
The leader who basically focuses on himself or herself is going to mislead. The three most charismatic leaders in this century inflicted the most suffering on the human race than almost any other trio in history: Hitler, Stalin and Mao. What matters is not the leader's charisma. For leadership is not magnetic personality--that can just as well be demagoguery. It is not "making friends and influencing people"--that is flattery.
Leadership is the lifting of a man's vision to higher sights, the raising of a man's performance to a higher standard, the building of a man's personality beyond its normal limitations. Nothing better prepares the ground for such leadership than a spirit of management that confirms in the day-to-day practices of the organization strict principles of conduct and responsibility, high standards of performance, and respect for the individual and his work.
Do you limit your leadership influence because you aren't as flashy as someone else? Not as good a public speaker? Do you restrict your own effectiveness by comparing yourself to the leader that you think you should be? Drucker helped us all understand that a leader isn't some mystical personality that transcends humanity. A leader is someone who can help others focus on what is most important and help equip those same people to do more together than they could if they stayed isolated individuals.
Based on that, you are a leader and can be an effective and even great one if you stay true to the mission and purpose that is set before you. I urge you to reevaluate your own leadership ability, and then embrace the fact thay you can lead by being you. That alone will help make you the best leader that you can possibly be. Don't wait, the world is waitng for you to lead.