When you became the leader of your organization, chances are that you were chosen for the position because you had a vision that everyone believed in and you knew how to achieve that vision. The quality that people saw in you that they liked was your ambition. Ambition is defined as “an earnest desire for some type of achievement or distinction… and the willingness to strive for its attainment.” Although sometimes ambition gets a bad rap because some people have the wrong type of ambition (the want of wealth, power, or fame), it’s definitely an important trait that leaders should have.
It’s important to be ambitious as a leader because when you are a leader, it’s your job to be able to identify what needs to be changed in order to meet organizational goals and be able to lead people in the right direction. One of the hardest aspects of leadership is the ability to enact big changes in the organization, especially when these changes have been met with high levels of resistance. This is a trait that all successful leaders must have, as they don’t just have the idea in mind, but they also have the drive and willpower to turn those ideas into reality.
If you’re an aspiring leader, you should ask yourself: Do I want to make an impact in my organization? Am I willing to make the necessary sacrifices in order to take my organization to the next level? If you are willing to do those things, then you just might have what it takes to become a great leader. It’s just a matter of how ambitious you are.
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