To me leadership means finding an objective more important than myself and engage with other people in a reciprocal manner trusting that all I have is what I give.
Leadership often demands to deal with uncertainty and to take decisions hoping that other people will follow. Success in leadership does not come from role and title but from clear purpose, passion and self-awareness. Here is a three step approach which defines this:
1. Build trust - Trust is hard to build and easy to lose in this era of social media tools where you are constantly exposed. Trust is the conviction that the leader means what he says. As Peter Drucker said,
"It is a belief in something very old-fashioned, called integrity"
2. Be mindful - Mindfulness is the process of noticing new things which places you in the present allowing you to take advantage of opportunities and situations which results in no longer having people applying yesterday’s solutions to today’s challenges.
3. Have faith - Faith creates room for good things to happen. It gives you the strength to take the decisions that you think are right. It helps you to tell the truth about yourself, your company, your circumstances and makes your vision manifest. As Abraham Lincoln once said,
"to believe in the things you can see and touch is no belief at all; but to believe in the unseen is a triumph and a blessing.”
Leadership is one of the most crucial choices that can be made in life and it requires courage, awareness and flexibility as you continuously evolve as an individual. Corporate results and success will be based on the leader’s ability to be authentic, to act with integrity and to respond to their own needs and the needs of others with vision, creativity, and the sense of unity with the people they lead.
What does leadership mean to you?
There are over 806,000,000 results in Google if you search the word “leadership” and yet leadership is a word hard to define. For example, the Oxford dictionary definition for leadership is “the action of leading a group of people or an organization, or the ability to do this”. Does it mean that whoever is in the position of leading others is a leader? Please share your creative ideas and experiences on the subject.
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