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By In Illuminate Your Path Posted January 31, 2017

Thoughts on Leadeship

Webster’s Dictionary defines leadership as “the power or ability to lead other people,” but for most people, there’s a lot more to it than that.

Ask anyone what it means to be a leader, and you’ll likely hear something unique every time. That’s because everyone has his or her own idea of what leadership is, but not every boss leads a team the same way. Some people think leadership means guiding others to complete a particular task, while others believe it means motivating the members of your team to be their best selves. But while the definitions may vary, the general sentiments remain the same – effective leaders are bold.

Leadership is beyond the confines of our daily tasks. Leadership asks us to look beyond the everyday and consider the larger community around us – our employees, colleagues, neighbors, and cities in which we live.  Leadership beckons us to look longer, wider, larger.  We are asked to look not only inward but also outward – beyond ourselves. Consider how others lead – a pastor, a former Navy SEAL, a executive, a professional athlete, a fifteen-year old girl, a author, and a former mayor:

  • The Brave Ones: Bold leadership is clarity around an unreasonable commitment to what should be.  Bold leaders refuse to be cowed by how.  (Andy Stanley – senior pastor)
  • Bravery Under Fire: You cannot have brave moments without fear. They are dependent on each other.  Immerse yourself in that which you fear.  Advance when everything in you tells you to retreat. Limit your field of view and you will see more. (Rorke Denver – former Navy SEAL)
  • Lead with Boldness: It takes courage to be a little better than you were yesterday.  If you are leading an organization, listen to the people.  That’s where the answers are.  (Bill McDermott – member of SAP Executive Board)
  •  Boldness in the Midst of Uncertainty: Decision making means you evaluate every relevant possibility.  But what you do with what you don’t know can be more important than anything else you do.  Leaders lead in ambiguity.  (Peyton Manning – former NFL Quarterback)
  •  Courage at All Costs: “I will never let my fear overcome my courage.”  If you are waiting on change, it will not come.  You must step forward.  (Malala Yousafzai – since the age of 10, Malala has campaigned for the rights of girls; at age 15 was shot by the Taliban while traveling home from school)
  • Brave Ones Create the Future: Be bold, be different, get noticed. (Seth Godin – best-selling author)
  • Brave Ones Transform Culture: Relentless preparation takes the fear out of leadership.  Always remember – it’s never about you.” – it’s about the team.  If you want to be a leader, you have to communicate.  People cannot know what you think and want.  You have to tell them, and you have to tell them again.  (Rudy Giuliani – former Mayor of New York City)

One thing for sure – “Everything rises and falls on leadership.” (John C. Maxwell)

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