Philosophical Rants

The Essence of Leadership

  • January 29, 2014

I recently saw an article on a professional social media outlet that talked about leadership. There were several comments and, in reading them, I realized that many of the commenters did not seem to grasp what leadership really means.

Leadership is not about doing great deeds, nor even about being a great or “clued in” or otherwise outstanding person–that’s heroism. Leadership is not about you, it’s about how you affect others. You do not become a leader by accomplishing great things, you become a leader by inspiring others to accomplish those things. If no one wants to follow you into greatness then you are no leader.

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