Exploring Leadership has always interested me, and I want to do this through explaining 3 popular ways that people define leadership.
1. Leadership means being the dominant individual in a group
2. Leadership means getting things done through people
Leadership means being the dominant individual in a group
Leadership means challenging the status Quo, promoting a better way.
However in exploring these points & definitions, if you think through what it means to challenge the status quo or advocate change, there is no necessary implication that you have to be in charge of the people you are trying to influence. The bottom line is that this 3rd definition gives us a way to break the stranglehold of the previous two definitions.
Leadership reinvented for the 21st Century
If we cast aside the first 2 definitions the what is left is leadership means nothing more than promoting a better way. We then need to say leadership does not entail being controlling, that leaders can be as inspiring as they need to be, good at coaching, developing and empowering people.