Another coffee shop conversation from earlier today - “How come some of us in leadership positions don’t ‘feel’ it.”
This one may not come off as clear as I’d like it too - I’m having a hard time getting to a good description of what I’m talking about, but here goes.
I, for instance, am supposedly considered a “key” employee within my company. I’m a leader of people and projects, etc. and carry a good deal of responsibility and the trust of those who run the place. I’m considered ‘key’ because I’m one of the people that, if hit by a bus tomorrow, would have an adverse impact on the company’s business.
Yet, I don’t ‘feel’ like a leader. Yet others that I know in similar situations seem to “fit the part” exactly - they have a commanding presence, suck the oxygen out of every room they enter and generally have an aire of “importance” about them.
Basically the conversation today came down to a few points - why do some people who are considered important by others not feel like leaders or “important” people and others do? Do you know anyone who is a ‘key’ person but who may not act like it? Do some people simply think they’re better than others with regard to this? Is a “leadership” type person looked upon negatively if he/she doesn’t project an aire of importance?
What do you think?