What is leadership?
What are the characteristics of a great leader? Does occupying a position of authority automatically make someone a leader, or is leadership something entirely different.
I just started reading a book written by Jefferey A. Krames – Lead with Humility: 12 Leadership Lessons from Pope Francis and this got me thinking more about what it means to be an effective leader. For most adults, chances are you will be leading at least one other person at one point or the other. It could be as a parent in a family, at work, at school e.t.c.
All the scenarios above speaks to what I call planned or day-to-day leadership. However, you and I may find ourselves in unplanned circumstances, due to emergencies, natural disasters or other unforeseen circumstances that may result in the need for someone to rise up and take a leadership role. This is not the point where you pick up a book to get a few pointers. Rather, it is a time that tests your abilities and capabilities to lead.
We read stories of men and women who step up in the most stressful and sometimes terrifying circumstances and make tough calls. Developing your leadership skills is very important and crucial. It needs to be intentionally practiced and nurtured every day. It is also important to know the type of leader that gets people to follow and act.
When a time comes and people around you, perhaps strangers need someone to stand up and take charge, will that leader be you? If you ever find yourself in such a situation where you are needed to rise up to lead, would you know what to do? Learning about being an effective leader is not just for Presidents, or CEOs of large corporations, it is an essential skill for anyone that wants to leave a positive mark in this world.
Here are 12 quotes to get you thinking more about the type of leader you are, and the type of leader you want to be.