I talk about leadership a lot in this blog. In the literature there are hundreds of definitions of leadership. Here's mine:
Leadership is the act of influencing others.
That process can be used for good or evil purposes. It is practiced in both intentional and accidental ways. It is exercised both formally and informally. Leadership is manifested through a wide array of acts/words (modeling happens to be my favorite medium).
Here are a few of the places/roles where I see leadership at work:
Playground Parenting Clubs
Churches Friendships Schools
Grade Levels Workplaces
Teachers Coaches Siblings
Families In the mirror
Leadership is at play wherever and whenever two or more humans interact with each other.
And, in virtually every circumstance of life, you and I are either playing the role of
leader or follower (subjecting ourselves to someone else's leadership).
As you consider the concept, and those social arrangements I noted above, please ask yourself these two questions:
- Who are the leaders I follow? (and why?)
- Who are the folks who follow my lead? (and why?)
We get to make some important and defining choices on both sides of that ledger.