The road to leadership is travelled one step at a time. There is no express elevator or fast track!
I am often amazed at how the word leadership conjures up in people’s minds images of military generals, heads of state and captains of industry. These are definitely groups of people where the term leadership should easily fit.
But is that all? Is leadership only attached to those who do great things against impossible odds and who impact the lives of many?
If we were to broaden the definition of leader (and therefore leadership), I think we would find far more leadership in the world than we might first suspect. In fact, you could say that “leadership is everywhere”.
I see real leadership not as a position, but as a set of characteristics that are practiced no matter what the size of the audience or the importance of the task. In fact, I believe leadership is exercised on a continuum, from small acts of leadership to courageous acts of leadership on the global stage. The characteristics are the same, and people should be recognised for exercising leadership, all along the continuum of small to big. It’s the act of leadership that matters, not the size of the deed.
Everyday leadership is more important than one or two great acts. How do those who display real leadership on the macro, global stage get there? They don’t just suddenly get the position of leader. There is no express elevator or fast track to leadership. Long before they got the position or title, they were leaders. The displayed leadership. They overcame fears. They helped others instead of themselves. They worked hard to develop the skills required.
From small acts of leadership, great leaders are grown.
What are some of the small acts of leadership that impress you when you see them?
Tight Lines . . .
John R Childress