What IS leadership?

There are SO many answers to this question.

For example, John Maxwell says “A leader is someone who knows the way, shows the way and goes the way.” In other words, the leader works out the way forward, points everyone in that direction and takes them there. I like this.

But I wanted a definition that was REALLY practical and gave help to new leaders in thinking about exactly what you have to DO to be a leader. So I came up with my own answer to the question and I talk about it here.

Leadership is: understanding what’s going on, figuring out what needs to happen, and working with people to make it happen.

In the context of leading a team, the need to be “working WITH people”, is really important. You can’t just be doing it all yourself. Because then you’re just doing. Not leading. You have to be working with people for it to be leadership.

What this definition does is give every leader three questions to ask themselves all the time.

What’s going on?

What do we need to do?

How are we going to do it? Together…

Ask yourself these questions regularly and you’ll be DOING leadership every day.

By the way… My Jetstart Workshop talks about this definition of leadership AND gives you a simple three-step process to start building your leadership impact. You can check it out at https://leadershipjetway.com/jetstart/


Published by bencosh

Helping new leaders make a flying start.

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