There is no question that being yourself and sticking to your convictions is more courageous than being someone else and trying to be someone else. Courage is the inner strength to keep on pursuing your dreams no matter what obstacles you encounter along the way.
People think being a leader is easy. It’s not. Being a leader means putting yourself out there in the spotlight and trusting that your followers will pick up on your unique essence and follow you regardless of the way you come across. Being yourself in the face of adversity is a true test of leadership. Seeing how you are viewed is a great indicator of whether you have what it takes to be a leader.
We are hardwired to work for someone else, to follow someone else, to get someone else to do something for us. This does not make us any less courageous. It just means that we have to step out of our comfort zones and trust that we will be rewarded for our actions. As leaders, we have to set a high standard for ourselves, knowing that others will have to meet it to gain our respect.
When I was a young teen leader, my mother always told me that being true to who you are in the best trait a teen can have. She was right! I did have to work at it though. It is true that true to your own core self gets much easier over time. But working on developing courageous qualities takes more work. You may find yourself in a situation that seems impossible. That is how you know you are getting closer to being a true leader.
Be proud of your strengths and flaws, and be willing to work on developing the qualities you are proud of. You can use that to motivate yourself to keep working on those areas that need some work. You will soon start to see yourself being more courageous, not being afraid of anything, and getting out of your comfort zone. You will find yourself doing things that made you sweat even though you were sure you could do them. You will see you are becoming more of a leader.