Being a leader, or holding a leadership role, can come in many different packages. Sometimes you might be assigned a leadership position at work, school, or in one of your hobbies. In other situations, you might be a more informal leader. Maybe you’re someone who other people look up to and rely on, even if you don’t have an official title.
We know that being a leader is a responsibility, and sometimes the burdens that come with the position can begin to add up. Especially if you are in an informal role, you might feel as though you are getting all of the expectations of others and the blame when things go wrong with none of the concrete benefits.
If this sounds like something you’re currently going through, don’t give up! Even when it’s exhausting, there are countless benefits that come from being a leader that you should consider before abandoning your leadership role. Listed here are just five of many.
Persevering through challenges prepares you for what’s coming next.
Carrying on with a leadership role can seem more daunting than other tasks. With everyone’s eyes on you, the pressure feels even more intense. However, we all know from experience that it’s the people who have experienced the most that are the most admirable.
Continuing through a leadership challenge instead of giving up gives you material to draw on the next time you’re struggling, or when a friend or loved one is experiencing something similar.
On a more concrete level, perseverance can make excellent material for resumes and interviews. Being able to describe a time when you overcame a challenge, particularly while showing leadership, is an extremely desirable trait in many professional careers.
Remember that leadership means having a positive influence over others.
Because being a leader is occasionally difficult or even exhausting, it can be easy to forget the great influence you can have as a leader. If you are the type of person who wants to make a difference, either on a large scale or at an individual level, giving up a position of leadership is detrimental.
Even if you’re in a position where you feel as though people aren’t respecting your leadership, people respect a leader figure–even a struggling one–more than you might realize. Handling your leadership responsibly will automatically engender respect and give you a greater position to implement good around you.
While you might be struggling now, the potential you have to do good as a leader can be long-lasting. Many of the most important projects you embark on will necessarily be long-term, whether that be customer retention or completing a published project, and you will have much more influence over a project if you maintain your leadership position. Keep that in mind before you give it up!
Remember why you became a leader in the first place.
More likely than not, you first became a leader because you believed in whatever it is you’re doing. If there’s still value in what you’re doing, don’t abandon it. Try to recapture what first got you interested, and do what you can to instill that interest and passion back into your work.
If you’ve strayed from what first got you interested, see if you can use your leadership position to redirect the ship without erasing any of the progress that’s already been made. You might be surprised by how you’re able to use your leadership to reignite your interest, and rediscover the reason you became a leader in the first place.
If, for whatever reason, you can’t muster up the desire that you once had, ask yourself if you still want to succeed in your leadership role. In multiple business instances, it has been found that perseverance is a better predictor of success than passion. If you can keep this in mind and continue moving forward despite the challenges, you can still succeed–and maybe rediscover your passion along the way.