One often asks What is Leadership?
Leadership can mean different things to different people. For me leadership is about being able to lead in any situation at any given time where needed. It is similar to a baseball game in that you are always stepping up to the plate ready take to the next ball that is fired in knowing you have the ability to smash it out of the ball park. It is also about knowing when to step back and let things go through to the backstop, taking a breath and resetting yourself for the next ball.
You also have to vision and be ready to stand out from the crowd who don’t necessarily always like you or agree with you. You have to be willing to take a stand on certain things realising that not everyone will see your point of view. You have to prepare yourself for the hits and criticism. If you develop a thick skin over time to handle this which comes through experience and awareness of what is being said you so know how to handle it appropriately.
I have learned as you develop your leadership skills as a leader then you are better equipped to handle all situations. I have also learned about people’s different behaviour patterns which has taught about different people’s personalities as well. This has enabled me to deal with people in general as well help me develop relationships with people and organisations.
There are also a variety of attributes and skills you need to a great leader. You have to strive to be a great leader if you are not one already knowing this takes time. It takes time to grow into a role as a leader and staying on track as a leader. If you invest in your growth constantly developing yourself and your confidence then you will be able to lead in all situations successfully. You will be also be able to lead your team well through the good times and the bad times.
Now whilst I acknowledge that I only have some of the answers to what it takes to be a leader however collaboratively we as leaders have so much knowledge and wisdom to impart to each other as leaders and those we lead. So let us share our knowledge and wisdom to make the world a better place.
Finally I believe we all need empathy as leaders for without it how can we understand what others are going. Some of us are naturally empaths whilst for some it is something that they have to learn about to at least understand what it means to be empathetic. If we are empathetic then we can resolve problems more easily as well because we not only understand other people’s point of view but also why they feel the way they do about their point of view.
What does leadership mean to you?
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