“Leadership” is very hard to define because it has
so many different meanings to so many different people.
Let’s start by illuminating some of the things that Leadership is NOT.
• Leadership has nothing to do with position, title, authority, seniority or mandate
• Leadership has nothing to do with personality or likability
• Leadership is not management
Now we can focus on what Leadership is
Leadership has everything to do with credibility, intent and communication skills
Warren Bennis: “Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality.”
Bill Gates: “Leadership is the willingness to empower others.”
John Maxwell: “Leadership is influence – the ability to garner trust and respect from followers plus the ability to inspire and motivate those followers”.
Putting this all together:
Leadership starts with an understanding of people and how to motivate them.
Leaders are continuous Learners: (Upgrading their understanding and application of Leadership Principles)
A leader has a clear vision, implementation strategy and management process
A leader publicly acknowledges the contributions of his/her followers
A leader constantly seek out, mentors and develops new potential leaders
I have studied with and am ”Certified by” John Maxwell (the world’s leading expert on Leadership)
Let’s brainstorm “Leadership Development” in your organization.