You don’t feel like being a leader. But everyone says their career goal is to be a manager, or the CEO. It seems that you should do the same if you want to make progress and get promoted…
However you can’t convince yourself. Something doesn’t feel right. Being a leader is just not your thing. And it doesn’t mean you are not ambitious. It just means you want something else, something different.
Let me tell you, it’s really OK if you don’t want to be a leader.
Being the leader does not equate to higher ability
Being a leader does not mean to be better than everyone else at everything. It just means he/she is better at putting people together to work towards the same goal.
In every successful company, a great leader also needs loyal supporters. Without talented supporters, a leader can’t achieve anything.
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Instead of forcing yourself to follow the crowd, you should first understand yourself and go for what’s suitable for you. If you go in the wrong direction, you may never fully appreciate and realize the unique talents and potential that you have.
The Cambridge personality test (Link)
This test was developed from the work of the prominent psychiatrist Carl Jung.
It helps indicate people’s personality based on 4 pairs of characteristics:
Extraversion VS introversion
Sensing VS intuition
Thinking VS feeling
Judgement VS perception
And these four pairs of characteristics combine to form 16 types of personality.
In the test, there are 100 questions which take around 15 minutes to finish answering. Don’t be scared yet! Though it’s a bit long, the accuracy is higher too.
When you finish, a detailed report will be shown:
From your personality to the right career path
After knowing which type of person you belong to, you can find out more about the kinds of careers that are suitable for you.
Truity is a site that tells you all the details about your personality type and the good and bad career options for you.
To check it out, first click this link and select your personality type.
When you get into your personality type page, you can find a much more detailed description about your personality.
The career column specifically tells what kind of jobs best suit people with that type of personality.
For the example listed above, people with ISFP are said to enjoy more “hands-on activities”. It is said ISFP people like to keep a “low profile and do not usually like to be in positions that require them to speak publicly or lead large groups”.
In other words, they perform better being a supporter, rather than a leader.
So, it is really okay for you if you don’t want to be a leader. It is just who you are!