Leadership: influencing the thoughts and actions of others toward goal accomplishment in either your personal or professional life.
But is that really right? Is that all there is to leadership? The accomplishment of some “goal” or is it so much more?
We are all leaders whether we like it or not. You may not think you are a leader but there is somebody who looks to you for answers.
There is someone who looks to you for guidance. They are modeling your actions. It is up to you, if you are going to rise up to that role or turn away from it.
Know that you can make a difference.
Let me ask you; is your role for this person just to accomplish a goal?
Ken Blanchard in his book “Leading at a Higher Level” explains an updated definition that is much more fitting for the role you and I have as a leader.
Leadership: the capacity to influence others by unleashing their power and potential to impact the greater good.
You see, it’s not simply about accomplishing a feat it’s about the development of the other(s). It’s about shaping and sculpting that person into a “diamond”.
It’s about unleashing all the best qualities and characteristics of the person so they are better able to thrive in life. So eventually they can give that same gift to others as well.
You are not just a dad, you are not just a mom, and you are not just a student.
You are so much more! You are a leader, an influencer, a mentor, a presence in the lives of those around you. Even though we often forget and lose sight of it.
There is immense leadership capacity and potential inside of you, waiting for you to bring out.
The question is…
Are you going to rise up and fill that role or let it slip away?
“If we did all the things we are capable of, we should literally astound ourselves.” Thomas Edison