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Which of the following excites you the most about being a leader?

May 22, 2014 1 Comment

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Our reader poll today asks: Which of the following excites you the most about being a leader?

- Having an ability to positively influence and grow our business: 40%
- Developing the next generation of leaders: 29%
- Learning and growing personally and professionally: 23%
- Getting to call the shots and make decisions: 4%
- Greater compensation: 4%

It’s all about growth. Whether you’re interested in expanding the business, developing your people, or improving yourself, leadership is the place to do it. Sure, there are a few folks who are in it to be the boss, call the shots and make some cash but the tremendous majority of you want to make things bigger and better than when you found them. I challenge you to find growth opportunities in all three of these arenas.

Do you agree with these poll results?  Let us know in the comments below!

- Mike Figliuolo at thoughtLEADERS, LLC

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These results were originally a SmartPulse poll in SmartBrief on Leadership which tracks feedback from more than 190,000 business leaders. Get smarter on leadership and sign up for the SmartBrief on Leadership e-newsletter.

One Response to “Which of the following excites you the most about being a leader?”

  1. Larry Beck says:

    Mike —

    I believe these results are extremely accurate. Most “leaders” strive to make things better. The bigger question for those in charge is how much time do they devote to leading and how much to managing?

    All too often, the heart is in the right place but the execution
    and efforts are primarily focused on short-term, immediate issues. In this reality, long-term efforts like building the business, developing people, and improving one’s leadership skills tend to get lost in the whirlwind. All too often the time and efforts to “lead” rather than “manage” create gaps in advancing the organization.

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