Leadership has recently become a commonly used buzzword. With such a term being used so frequently, I thought I’d delve deeper into leadership and it’s meaning to me.
The dictionary definition of leadership is ‘the action of leading a group of people or an organization; the state or position of being a leader; the capacity to lead.’ In my experiences with leadership, merely having the capacity or position to lead is not sufficient to truly be a leader. Simply being in a position to lead is not enough because a leader in today’s world is successful using influence rather than authority.
Influence highlights the fact that a leader must have followers in order to lead. In order to have followers, a leader must be able to listen and understand. This is an essential skill that emphasizes leadership the most to me. As said by John Maxwell “people buy into the leader before they buy into the vision.”