A leader is someone who brings something new to the table.
What do I mean?
Imagine a bunch of chefs making a cake. As long as you keep doing it the same way, the cake will end up the same each and everytime. Even if you change the steps, like mixing it a bit more, baking it for a little less time, a dash less of this, a dash more of that, the cake will turn out roughly the same. A chocolate cake doesn’t turn into a strawberry cake just because you mixed it counterclockwise instead of clockwise.
But there’s the clue. The secret to making a cake different is to bring a new ingredient to the mix. Something the other chefs wouldn’t have thought to (the ones who thought mixing it counterclockwise would have done the trick) but you do.
What new ingredient to the mix could you bring to the table? In your worklife, your social life, your relationships, your diet, or maybe just in the next cake you bake?
I’m curious to see what you think. If you get a new idea leave a comment.