Leadership. So often portrayed as a skill only suitable for the up-front-guys and extraverts or the learned and experienced. But leadership is a tool we all use on a daily basis. It would be wise to review your leadership approach holistically to avoid single faceted linear leadership.
Leadership reflects the ability to influence others. You don’t need to be placed in a position of power to do that. 360 leadership encourages us to influence our peers, the ones around us, to be better. Instead of competing for resources, maybe we should work together to get better results.
A good leader leads the people from above them. A great leader leads the people from within them.
M. D. Arnold
John Maxwell teaches that a leader produces other leaders and so multiplies their influences. So stop hogging the limelight! Take charge, yes, but train up those with less resources, power, status, knowledge, etc. Make more leaders to move your organization forward.
Leading from Behind
I love the concept of servant leadership, first coined by Robert Greenleaf in 1970. It reflects the desire to serve first, instead of shine or lead first.
It is better to lead from behind and to put others in front, especially when you celebrate victory when nice things occur. You take the front line when there is danger. Then people will appreciate your leadership.
So even if you are not in a recognized position of power, you can lead from behind by providing your seniors with helpful feedback and serving the team.
While leadership requires a lot of other-awareness, it also requires much self-awareness. How are you doing in leading yourself towards your goals and personal growth?
Control is not leadership; management is not leadership; leadership is leadership. If you seek to lead, invest at least 50 percent of your time in leading yourself – your own purpose, ethics, principles, motivation, conduct. Invest at least 20 percent leading those with authority over you and 15 percent leading your peers.
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