Leadership is a verb, not a noun.
Leadership is defined by what we do, not the role we are in. Some people in “leadership roles” are excellent leaders. But too many are bosses, “snoopervisors,” technocrats, bureaucrats, managers, commanders, and chiefs. Conversely, in the knowledge economy, millions of people who do not have formal leadership roles are excellent leaders.
Today we all need to be leaders!
To lead is to show the way. To lead is to guide or direct a course of action. To lead is to influence the behavior or actions of others. We all need to be leaders, regardless of our formal title or role. This starts with inner self-leadership, which we call Total Life Leadership and moves outward to support your influence, guidance, and support, for leading others. The process of becoming a leader is the same as the process of becoming a highly effective human being. Leadership development is ultimately personal development. Leadership ultimately shows itself in what we do “with others.” But it starts “inside”, with your Total Life Leadership. It’s who you are, how you behave, which then leads to what we do for ourselves, with others and for others. It is ultimately our integrity, authenticity, and balanced leadership behavior that attracts others to partner and follow. And all of this happens regardless of a title.
Work your leadership from the inside out!
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