You Want Success? You Must Lead!
I don't read Seth Godin's blog. He already gets too much attention. But, Rick Burnes shared this with me in google reader.
From Seth's blog:
Everyone isn't going to be a leader. But everyone isn't going to be successful, either.
Success is now the domain of people who lead. That doesn't mean they're in charge, it doesn't mean they are the CEO, it merely means that for a group, even a small group, they show the way, they spread ideas, they make change. Those people are the only successful people we've got.
When I ran my own company, it was easy to lead both internally and externally. A big reason I started my own Company was because I was frustrated with the company I was working at. I left a large bureaucratic company because I knew that it'd be 15 years before I could accomplish anything... maybe. The Company was too busy protecting what it had and that resulted in people protecting what they had. I'll never work for an organization like that again.
As part of HubSpot, the dynamics are much different than running my own bootstrapped startup or working at a large old company. Since I feel that we are changing the way the world markets, I am a part of creating something bigger than I ever could have created before. On the other hand, I don't get to make decisions. I still strive to lead where I can by helping my clients, people on my sales team and picking projects where I know I can affect significant change both for the company, clients and partners.
Like Godin, I believe that leadership is granted when an individual takes initiative to change things. Small successes along the way add up to amazing opportunities.