Connect with Dr. J

You Heard the Call to Lead, Will You Answer? (Part 2 of 2)

The call to lead. You can’t escape it. Everywhere you go, you’ll hear about the upcoming elections. You see it on TV, newspapers and on Social Media; the debates, the issues, which candidate will win, etc. While determining who will be our next leader of this country, it raises the question about what it really takes to be a leader and what types of leadership l exist.

Last month I shared the story of growing up in Israel and hearing the call of the leader in the army. I also shared my feelings and belief that on different levels leadership can exist in all of us.
The Four Levels of Leadership

Level I – Self-leadership

Level II – Positional Leadership

Level III – Inspirational leadership

Level IV – Transformational leadership

Level I – Self-leader – becoming a Self-leader requires you to develop discipline, initiative, self-sufficiency and confidence. It is the ability to be proactive in your life and make decisions that move you forward towards your goals by taking action steps for growth. Self-leadership is about leading your own life and mastering yourself.

Level II – Positional Leadership is when you are in charge of others through a position or title you’ve been given. One example is being a parent, yet it could also be a supervisor or manager at work. Even if your sphere of influence is small and may only include those in your immediate family or your work colleagues, you are relied upon as being a resource to others, guiding them towards making sound decisions. Never discount the effect that you might have. Your leadership directly influences their future. Not all parents, managers, or supervisors have natural leadership skills and that is where there is room for growth.

Level III – Inspirational leadership when you start influencing a larger community and you become an Inspirational leader, your actions and words are in alignment; you walk your talk and live by example. You’ve mastered the self-leadership qualities of discipline, initiative, self-sufficiency and confidence and have a greater sense of purpose and the desire to contribute on a higher level, moving people to action. This is when you’re expressing more of your personal power and sharing your vision. Your leadership and direction will better the community you live in as long as you are there.

You might wonder, where does a leader move from here? Now that we’ve covered self–leadership, positional leadership and Inspirational leadership, what else is there?

Level IV – Transformational leadership is when your leadership transforms others; they in turn change and organically pass those same messages on to others. Whether you are present or not, your impact will last a lifetime. You’ve created a movement, a dynamic change that takes on momentum and evolves. The values and the qualities that you have shared will continue to live in the community even after you’re gone, you’ve created a legacy.

There is no right or wrong as to which level of leadership you achieve. There are no rules for how much or how little you might do, for how big or small your vision might be. Never judge yourself by your level of service or leadership. If you choose to serve on a higher level and feel you can’t quite “get there,” there could be some internal hidden limitations and beliefs that are holding you back. Once you let go of those you can move forward.

Now it’s your turn to share your beautiful voice. Remember to be clear since many members of our community can benefit from your comments. Post your thoughts below and share with us what your feelings are about the different levels of leadership.

I’ll leave you with a quotable tip, feel free to share, post, or tweet as well as share this blog with others. @drkarenjacobson – To become the best leader you can be, always lead with a clear intention, a level head, and an open heart, the rest will unfold.