Do you want to be more of a leader in your life, work, or business this year?
If so, you’re not alone. Many consider leadership to be the solution to life and business challenges and necessary to take advantage of new opportunities.
The problem is, how do you know you are a leader? Or whether anyone else is?
What quality can you consistently maintain that defines you as a leader, no matter how well you do on all the others?
Millions of books, articles, podcasts, quotes, seminars, workshops, and classes have attempted to answer that question for many years. They suggest almost as many different definitions and strategies for leadership as there are publications.
Not very helpful.
Well, that changes now.
A Fail-Safe Definition
What if there were a leadership definition that works for everyone, everywhere, all the time?
- Where you live or work
- Where you work, what your job title is, or even whether you even have a job
- What language you speak
- What your heritage is
- How much money you have or make
- Who your friends or family are
A pretty tall order, right?
I call that a “fail-safe” definition, which means incorporating some feature for automatically counteracting the effect of a possible source of failure. In other words, it works all the time, no matter what happens.
THE Defining Quality of a Leader
When I teach leadership, I ask the participants to come up with words they would use to describe a leader. The list is usually something like this: charismatic, great communicator, decisive, honest, inspiring, confident. Some online lists go to 100 or more.
How can anyone live up to even 5 or 6 such qualities consistently on a daily basis, much less 100?
The answer is, no one can.
Back to my leadership classes. After more thought, people start to realize what all leaders have in common.
They get results.
The other attributes are important, but they are secondary. If you don’t get results, how nice you are doesn’t make you a leader. (Of course, mean people can be leaders, but we’re not talking about them here.)
The Universal Definition of Leadership
a leader is his or her
ability to set goals and
ACHIEVE DESIRED RESULTS—
nothing more, nothing less.
I’ll leave you to consider that for a while.
More in a future post.
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