Hello there my faithful readers! So glad that you follow my blog. I appreciate you taking the time from your often busy schedule to read my (sometimes rambling) posts. 🙂
Today my thoughts are dwelling on this:
There are so many voices on the landscape today who say what they believe leadership is. After a while, it gets to be as if we are listening to the same thing being said over and over again…
Does that get boring or annoying to you? It does for me sometimes.
So with that in mind, I would like to ask you a question today:
What do you think leadership is?
I’d love to hear your feedback / ideas.
Here are some tidbits for thought:
I use the tag line “Compelling. Inspirational. Visionary.” Why do you think I use that for a tag line?
I will respond to all with my own thoughts.
Happy commenting! 🙂
Myth 1: It’s Lonely At The Top
Truth: If it’s lonely at the top, you’re not doing it right.
What are the attributes of a true leader?
- Personable – love to be close to people
- Generate high morale on their team
- Empower others to come along with them
- Place great value on others
- Engage those around them
- Lead by example
Myth 2: Stubborn People Are Toughest To Lead
Truth: The toughest person to lead is always yourself.
Truth: You must first lead yourself well in order to lead others well.
If you were to reflect on your leadership of others, you may find you have been viewed as:
What created this behavior?
What did you learn from it?
Lesson: We should be good followers first.
- No one is an island
- Everyone follows someone
- Following the right people keeps us on an even keel
- Everyone could potentially have a voice in your life
- Not everyone’s voice is valid for your life. Analyze and dissect
- Your voice is the most important voice you hear
Who inspires you? Encourages? Motivates?
- They are your leaders.
Who do you inspire? Encourage? Motivate?
- Those are the ones you lead.
Myth 3: Leaders Are Born, Not Made
Truth: Leadership is a learned skill set, not a talent given.
In my experience:
- Out of over twenty years of listening to leaders speak, none of them stated that they were given the gift of leadership at birth.
- All true leaders are humble, knowing that anyone can learn what they learned and do what they do.
- Some people are born with the desire to lead, but they still have to learn the skill set.
- Conversely, many great leaders have stated that they were not born with the desire to lead, but became a leader by learning the skill set.
- Some leaders became leaders because they were forced into a situation where they had to.
- What is the secret then?
It is essential that we learn, but just as essential that we apply what we learn.
Myth 4: You Must Have a Title in Order to Lead
Truth: Leadership is influence. Anyone that you influence, you are leading.
Right now… where you are… at this very moment… you lead someone.
- Parents (yes, it’s true!)
- Church family
Those who lead well where they are grow into those leadership positions with the official title.
- Leadership is a daily process.
- You never outgrow leadership.
- Leadership has goals, but no final destination.
- Leadership has no days off.
- You must lead well in the small things before you will ever lead well in the bigger things.
I will end with 2 high quality quotes from famous leaders:
If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more, you are a leader. – John Quincy Adams
If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way. – Napoleon Hill
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