Leadership is a collection of experiences, ideas, values, beliefs, and opinions. Good leaders ask great questions. Great leaders apply what they’ve learned from those questions to their actions. It’s not about having,or projecting an attitude, but rather demonstrating humility while acknowledging there is still more to learn. It’s not about being right but rather getting it right.
Leadership is a privilege. It’s not a right, nor a duty as some may think. It’s a gift given to those who have earned it by demonstrating their desire to serve others. Those who have been given a leadership role without earning it are exposed rather quickly. People are eager to follow those they believe in, trust, and care about. That relationship can only be formed through the existence of a mutual trust. It’s the leaders job to build that trust. It is granted to the leader who demonstrates his or her genuine interest and caring for others, not because it’s in their title.
Leadership is on loan. Every minute, every day, every week, a leader must continue to earn and re-earn their right to lead. Great leaders know when to lead and when to follow. Even the best leaders have to follow at times. Knowing when to lead and when to follow is an area that separates the good from the great leaders.
Leadership boils down to having the ability to add value beyond your job duties. Leadership is always about doing above and beyond. Doing just enough does not exist in a leaders mindset. Striving, soaring, excelling, delivering, securing, discovering, exploring, and developing are the foundational characteristics of a great leader. Are there any others you’d include?