Leaders are often responsible for getting people to go where they would not have gone on their own.
Have you ever met a truly great leader? Where do they come from, these calm, assured, magnetic superbeings that seem perfectly at ease guiding the course of business, rallying teams, driving innovation and inspiring performance? Are they made of some supernatural stardust that no mere mortal could hope to attain? Are they a product of superior genetics and dumb luck? Were they always simply naturally gifted and clever by nature?
The sad truth is that many organizations move top performing workers into leadership positions only to let them fail once they get there. It takes a whole lot more than technical expertise to lead a team or an organization. Wisdom, savvy and insight are not accidents; we become who we are by learning, by adding content to our experience so that we can expand to a level beyond that in which we presently find ourselves. To be a leader, in effect, is to be one who is willing to seek out the resources needed to succeed.