Leadership litmus test

The simplest test of whether or not you’re a leader:

1. Are you causing a change to happen?
2. Are people willingly joining you to help make that change?

Authority and titles don’t make you a leader. People doing what you tell them to because they have no other choice doesn’t make you a leader. Maintaining the status quo by doing the same things in the same ways doesn’t make you a leader.

Making change happen, and bringing willing people along for the ride—that’s the real test.