Follow First

If you exhibit dominance and stand out from the crowd, you will be recognized by your peers and upper management as a strong person. Therefore, you will have a greater likelihood of being promoted into a leadership position quickly. However, you will be seen as “one of them” by your peers, and not as a team member. If you do not connect with your peers first and establish yourself within a core group, you will most likely lack some confidence within your role. On the other hand, your less-dominant peers will accumulate confidence and leadership skills over time by being part of a team. They will have a greater chance of success as a leader throughout their career. My advice to you, is if you want to become a leader, you should follow first. Surround yourself with a team that will lift you higher, with a strong mentor who will help shape you into the great leader you aspire to be.