The "secret" of Self-made Leadership

The coming of the New Year often brings new beginnings, resolutions, and promises of changes to come. While this year is no different for many of us, the turn of the calendar also brings an opportunity that could result in the most important change of all. This year you could have the opportunity to learn a secret, and to become something that you’ve always wanted to be. You can become the type of leader that you have always looked up to and admired; the type of leader that inspires others and changes lives; and the type of leader that you’ve always thought you might become someday; perhaps next year or the year after.

The good news is that you don’t have to wait another year. There is nothing to prevent you, and no one to stop you, from becoming the leader that you have always thought you could be. All you need to know is this:
the secret of leadership is that there is no secret. You don’t need a new position or title, there are no membership dues, and you don’t need anyone’s permission. In fact, no one can make you a leader. No one, that is, except for you.

Leaders are self-made, and they only do two things that most other people don’t do. First, self-made leaders decide that the time to be a leader is now. Not next week or next year. Now. Second, self-made leaders maintain the drive and determination that is needed to never allow themselves to be less than the best leader they can be. While that sounds like a daunting task, true leaders don’t see it that way. If a leader is who you are and who you want to be, the second task is actually much easier than the first.

In our chosen profession, we need leaders (which also isn’t a great secret). We can either keep waiting (and hoping) for the leaders we have always wanted to see finally show up; or we can become the leaders that we have always hoped to see within our ranks. The coming New Year is more than just a turn of the calendar, it is the year that we add strong, transformational leaders to the profession of law enforcement. If you already are a leader, then you understand the importance of self-made leaders, and you will be a better leader by the end of the year. If you have never been a leader before, this is your year.