Can anyone become a GREAT Leader?


One of my favorite quotes is from Marianne Williamson’s book, A Return to Love:

    “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us.  We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God.  Your playing small doesn’t serve the world.  There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.  We are meant to shine, as children do.  We are born to manifest the glory of God that is within us.  It’s not just in some of us, it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.  As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

As leaders how often do we hold ourselves back?  I know I find myself doing the same.  Instead of seeing the sky as the limit, we often view the self-imposed ceiling as a limit.  We even think the opinions of others define us.  You don’t have to be the person you were yesterday; nor do the opinions of someone else have to become a reality. If you let loose and opened up, what could you really do? Imagine what you could do if you weren’t afraid.  Remember, fortune always favors the bold.

The people you worry about judging you, always fade to the background when you take the leap and step into the unknown world of becoming great.  When you step to the edge of darkness, you must have a little thing called FAITH.  Faith, that as you make you first step into that unfamiliar darkness, your foot will either step on solid ground or you will have the ability to FLY. 

We’ve all heard the stories of people like Abe Lincoln who rose from abject poverty to become boundless leaders.   So I ask the simple question, why not you?  Why not you!? Why couldn’t you become great?  The world could always use one more outstanding leader. Regardless of your past, in this very moment that you are reading this, you my friend, have a spotless future.

So the answer is YES.  Anyone can become a great leader, if they live up to their potential.  “Potential is God’s gift to you.  What you do with it is your gift to him”- John Maxwell.

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21 thoughts on “Can anyone become a GREAT Leader?

  1. Drawinglife says:

    Williamson ‘s words are so powerful! You are right, greatness scare us because we fell responsible for it. Yes, I agree, “the world could use one more outstanding leader”, surely more than one 🙂 I love it, it makes me strive to be the one…Thank you

  2. jamestollefson says:

    Your post reminds me of something I read last night in Sheryl Sandberg’s recently published book “Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead”. She talks about the impostor syndrome, a phenomenon where very talented, capable people constantly feel as if they are about to be revealed as a fraud – as though everything they have achieved has been by luck or mistake and that around the next bend lies the challenge that will undo them. Sometimes those self-imposed limits you mention in this post are not just the opinions of others – sometimes they are our entirely incorrect opinions of ourselves.

    A great writer once said that “sincerity, a deep, great, genuine sincerity, is the first characteristic of all men in any way heroic.” That writer was Thomas Carlyle, whose book “On Heroes, Hero-Worship, and the Heroic in History” gave us what many textbooks now recognize as the first “modern” leadership theory – the so-called Great Man Theory of leadership. Greatness, as he repeated over and over again in his book, is nothing more than being whole-heartedly devoted to what you are doing. “If Hero mean sincere man,” he wrote, “why may not every one of us be a Hero?”

    So if we are entirely, honestly devoted to our cause their is no opinion which we should fear – not anyone else’s, and certainly not our own.

    From one guy trying to live up to his potential to another, thanks for posting this today. It definitely got me thinking.

  3. This is a great article!

  4. Reblogged this on World Class Support and commented:
    Can you become a great leader? I think so if you have the right values and vision.

  5. Rajiv says:

    Hm. I am not sure how to respond to this one. We all have the potential in varying degrees. If we can lead and manage ourselves, as a start, that would be great

  6. Thank you for the post, very inspirational!

  7. livelytwist says:

    Yes, anyone can BECOME a great leader. Thanks for sharing.

  8. Amelia Thio says:

    I agree! Leaders are not born, they are made!

  9. Nin Ashmore says:

    Hi Cranston,

    I love the second paragraph, so true! How often people let the opinions of others, whether
    real or imagined define them. This is a real mental bondage, crippling and self defeating. Sometimes it’s hard to break out of that paradigm because it has played and replayed in the mind for so long, it seems to be reality.

    When we fully realize that the Lord truly loves us and cares for everything in our lives, it’s transformational. Sometimes people don’t know or don’t believe that He really cares. When that bridge is crossed, we can rise above what people think about us, or what we think they think, because Jesus loves us. He really does!

    Truly faith begins with the first step. “Be bold and mighty forces will come to your aid.” Basil King. You won’t walk on the water alone, Peter. Comforting – so comforting!

    Thank you for the like on my post. I enjoy your blog immensely.

  10. sealeychars says:

    Thanks for the post! YES I believe anyone can become a leader because leadership principles can be taught and practised daily.Leadership is about learning to grow your influence so it’s so liberating to know that you can become a great leader once you’re willing to commit to the journey of discovery and transformation that will take place in you, once you decide to invest your life in empowering others.

  11. windskipper says:

    Great to learn from all the bloggers and I can always use tips to get traffic to Blog.

  12. kellybram says:

    I love this quote. It is also a favourite quote of someone I know. It tickles the mind into thinking about the possibilities! Very inspirational 🙂

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