In work, I consider myself to be more of a follower than a leader. Being a follower requires the ability to listen and follow directions while also being able to contribute to the overall success of the team. I hate to be micro-managed, though. I think this is why I tend to choose more independent work. I prefer learning what my role is and being left with the responsibility of completing assignments.
Being a leader involves much more than simply giving orders and expecting them to be followed. It requires a combination of skills such as communication, planning, decision-making, and problem-solving. Leaders must also possess a strong sense of responsibility and accountability for their actions and those of their team.
Both roles are equally important, but it is the ability to lead that sets individuals apart and can lead to greater success. So it could be worth it to step out of my comfort zone and work on developing the skills necessary to become an effective leader. Up to this point I’ve not been interested in the extra responsibility that comes along with leadership.
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