Thursday, January 24, 2008

How do you define Leadership?

Maybe the word leadership or leader conjures up old images of command and control, antiquated and stodgy ways of being. When I speak to businesses (small and large)and associations about leadership, I invariably get a few people saying: "I don't want to be a leader, it's not my deal"...or they say it in their way in so many words.

The reality is that it is a bad word. I think people think of leadership as a role and if they aren't in one with that word attached to it, well then it isn't for them. I think of leadership as a way to get what you want in life. Authentic leadership enables people to enlist others to assist and help them achieve their goals. No one can be as successful alone as they can with the help of others. I am searching for another word that captures it better and has a lot less baggage.

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