Being a leader can be a lonely experience, along with having to carry a lot of responsibilities, especially when leading others in a professional environment.
Good leaders can do things themselves and motivate others to do the same, whereas great leaders get others involved and empower them to lead themselves and others better.
A powerful leadership lesson I have learned is that people will support what they are involved in because they have buy-in. In laymen’s terms, they have “skin in the game.”
Having had many leadership roles in my corporate career, based on what I know now, one thing I could have done better was to have taken a more collaborative approach when leading others.
As I was seen as the leader, it was expected that I would tell team members what to do and what I expected of them. The “command” type of leadership was the norm.