There is an impactful statement of what Leadership isn’t that influenced my perspective on the topic years ago.
Too often we confuse leadership with position. And, those with position sometimes assume they are leaders but they have few followers. The reality is that Leadership is influence, nothing more, nothing less. If we don’t have the ability to influence others, we can’t lead.
Some of the most impactful leaders we encounter can be those who don’t hold a particularly lofty position or look the part of what we perceive a leader should look like. Mother Teresa comes to mind. Small of stature and meek in manner, she was arguably one of the most impactful global leaders of the last 100 years. Why? She had tremendous influence with people.
There’s a tendency to believe that leadership is a trait we are born with. The truth is, while some possess a higher degree of natural leadership ability than others, everyone interested in developing their leadership abilities can learn to be more effective. I love the truth in the statement, “Great leaders don’t set out to be great leaders… They set out to make a difference. It’s never about the role. It’s always about the goal.”
The Lyons Den Group can assist you with:
- Identifying The Laws of Leadership and understanding how they work
- Developing a focus around the laws that will improve your leadership skills the most
- Understanding your strengths and weaknesses and mapping a practical ROI for each
- Discovering the 5 Levels of Leadership and assessing where you are and where you want to grow
There seems to be a long running confusion between Management and Leadership. Some believe they are completely different, others believe they operate together and some believe they are one and the same. It’s been said that management is best described as efficiently moving people through processes towards a pre-defined goal while leadership is about inspiring people around a vision that moves them to a level of accomplishment they wouldn’t have otherwise achieved.
My favorite definition of the difference between the two is this. When I talk to Managers I get the feeling they are important. When I talk to leaders I get the feeling that I am important. In this scenario who do you think will have the most influence with people and eventually have the largest number and most enthusiastic, committed and passionate followers?
Impactful leadership begins with learning how to effectively lead yourself. That is at the heart of becoming the type of leader who others will say had a positive and lasting impact on their lives. Great leaders are always looking for opportunities to help others. Poor leaders are always asking, “What’s in it for me?” If you have a sincere desire to be a Leader that’s always looking for opportunities to help others, The Lyons Den Group can help you develop into the type of leader you would want to follow.