A person’s idea of a leader can be different depending on their position, career background, life experiences, and surroundings. A person might say a person who serves the community or one who is a good manager is a leader. Depending on who you ask, the question of what is leadership can be different. So what is leadership?
The dictionary defines leadership as, “The position or function of a leader, a person who guides or directs a group.” This definition shows that leadership is a person who takes someone or a group of people in a desired direction. Leadership and Leading others does not happen by force, manipulation, hierarchy, or fear. It happens through the free will of the person choosing to follow someone. This means, leadership is the ability to influence others toward a better future (Click here to Tweet that.) Author and speaker John Maxwell says, “Leadership is influence, nothing more nothing less.”
This brings us to 2 important facts about leadership:
1. Anyone can be a leader:
Anyone can become a leader because anyone can influence someone. Author Mark Sanborn said, “Everyone has the opportunity to lead, every day. It doesn’t matter what your position is, or how long you’ve worked at your job. Anyone at any level can learn to be a leader and help to shape or influence the world around them.” When it comes to leadership anyone can start influencing others and become a leader. A person can become a leader when they Grow and Maintain Influence… Then Expand. Wherever you are in your professional and personal life begin to increase your influence.
2. Leadership does not require a title or having authority
A person does not need an official title to be or become a leader. In fact an official title and authority does not make you a leader. What allows you to be a leader is your influence. It’s about Leading with Influence not Power. I know several people who are influencing and making a positive impact in society, who do not have an official title. The key to remember beginning to lead does not require a title or position. It takes self motivation to start doing something great and of value.
Questions : How do you define leadership? Can you think of any other facts about leadership?