WEFOUNDThe Accidental Leader What to Do When You're Suddenly in Charge


A few weeks ago, I was driving from Lethbridge to Calgary with Heather Morley, our VP of Development and Community Relations in Western Canada when she told me a story about her nine-year-old daughter Lauren. Someone at school had shared a troubling secret, leaving Lauren in a difficult position. Should she remain silent or take action to avert a potential crisis? After talking to her mother, Lauren soon came to her own conclusion: “I guess I’ll just have to be a leader.” 

This brave nine-year-old was exactly right. Leadership is not about convincing others to follow you. In fact, leadership isn’t really about other people at all.   It’s about discovering your own values, then standing up for them. It’s about identifying your skills and gifts, then embracing them wholeheartedly. It’s about realizing you have power, then choosing to exercise it.

When you do these things, you become a leader even if that wasn’t your original goal. An accidental leader can still be a great leader. 

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A few weeks ago, I was driving from Lethbridge to Calgary with Heather Morley, our VP of Development and Community Relations in Western Canada when she told me a story about her nine-year-old daughter Lauren. Someone at school had shared a troubling secret, leaving Lauren in a difficult position. Should she remain silent or take action to avert a potential crisis? After talking to her mother, Lauren soon came to her own conclusion: “I guess I’ll just have to be a leader.” 

This brave nine-year-old was exactly right. Leadership is not about convincing others to follow you. In fact, leadership isn’t really about other people at all.   It’s about discovering your own values, then standing up for them. It’s about identifying your skills and gifts, then embracing them wholeheartedly. It’s about realizing you have power, then choosing to exercise it.

When you do these things, you become a leader even if that wasn’t your original goal. An accidental leader can still be a great leader. 


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