What’s Your Definition Of Leadership?
Leadership is one of the hardest words to define.
Just think of all the different words describing the qualities that come to mind when you think of leaders.
Here is what Chris LaCurto has to say about the definition of leadership:
Definition of Leadership
What is the definition of leadership? Technically, it’s “the action of leading a group of people or an organization.” If you want to know whether or not you’re a leader, turn around. If nobody is following you than you’re not leading.
While that does suffice for an official definition, I can truly say I’ve encountered many people confused by that definition. There are many misconceptions about what it means to be a leader. In an attempt to clear some of those misconceptions up, here’s what leadership is not:
- Leadership Is Not a Title – Titles don’t lead! So many people believe that if you have a title, you’re a leader. Having a title does not make you a leader. In fact, one of the biggest mistakes I see businesses make is to take their greatest salesperson and make them the sales team leader. Who ever said they could lead? I see this fail all the time.
- Leadership Is Not a Dictatorship – Telling people what to do doesn’t make you a leader, it makes you a dictator. People don’t follow dictators, they do what they say with only the required amount of energy to make it happen. No loyalty, no respect, and no buy-in.
- Leadership Is Not Selfish – Contrary to popular belief, leadership is not about the leader. It’s not about one person’s ideas, desires, focus, drive, etc. It’s not about someone’s ego and pride.
- Leadership Is Not the Blame Game – Leadership isn’t playing the blame game in an attempt to shrug off the responsibility of being an effective leader.
- Leadership Is Not Angry – Ripping someones head off is in no manner leadership. I can’t count the number of times I’ve watched, heard of, or been the recipient of a supposed leader losing their mind and yelling. All the while, the screamer usually never takes the time to find out all the correct information, thus losing all credibility, and any respect or loyalty.
Those are just a few examples of what leadership is not. Let’s take a look at what leadership is:
- Leadership Is Selfless – A true leader first understands that leadership is not about them. It’s about the people they are trying to lead in a specific direction.
- Leadership Is Successful – It is your job as a leader to make your team successful, not the other way around. You have to make sure that you are there for whatever your team needs to be successful. What does the team need? Do they understand their KRA‘s? Do they have questions about their processes? Do they have the tools necessary to be successful.