“Leadership is not a popularity contest; it's about leaving your ego at the door. The name of the game is to lead without a title.”
Leadership is on the minds of most of the people in the world at present. What kind of leaders do we want? What are our leaders doing, or not doing? What are the ethics of our leaders? Do they care about us? And so forth, and so on. Regardless of where you live on planet Earth, questions about leadership are front and center. Perhaps we're looking in all the wrong places for those who would lead us.
Real leaders are people who simply put their pants on and go to work everyday. They listen and consider. They roll up their sleeves and get involved. They value the ideas and experience of others, especially those who are actually doing the job. Natural born leaders are not focused on their own aggrandizement, nor their own bottom line. They are there to get the work done in the most efficient and effective manner possible, while still treating their co-workers with equanimity and respect. People will work hard for a leader who recognizes their value and rewards them for it, even if those rewards are not monetary.
Robin Sharma, Canadian business leader and writer, says, “The respect you give others is a dramatic reflection of the respect you give yourself.” Treating others with sarcasm and condescension are sure signs of a weak and wounded personality. That person will lead only by coercion and entitlement. That person is likely to dictate rather than discuss and negotiate. Determination to have one's own way regardless of the consequences to others is not a trait of a worthy leader.
Leadership is, or should be, earned through respect and common sense. The ability to see the big picture is critical. Knowing what the fall-out from one's actions will be, and caring about the outcome for others is also crucial. You can be that kind of leader no matter what you do for a living. Leadership is not a hierarchical thing, it's a soul thing. Let's look at those who would lead us from the perspective of what kind of heart they bring to their work. That's what truly matters.
In the Spirit,