I often meet young leaders who aspire to, in their words, “be in charge.” That’s a normal and healthy desire. I get it, I mean, who wouldn’t rather call the shots if that’s an option, right?!
Well, as you might imagine, there is a little more to the idea of being “in charge.” And my heart and hope is that’s how this post might be helpful.
There is an often-quoted and significant misconception about leadership, and it is that the higher you rise in the organization, the more you can do what you want.
The perception is that because you are the “senior leader” (or one of them) you, therefore, don’t report to anyone.
In fact, the opposite is true, the higher you rise in any organization, the more you give up your rights and the fewer options you have.
Further, the higher you rise in responsibility and authority, the more people you report to, not less. It may not be a formal reporting, but you answer to them nonetheless.