When does one become a leader? Commonly, we think that leaders become leader because the majority says so. This is mostly true with some of the leaders we have these days. We either elect them or they gain enough popularity to become a leader.
But is that what leadership really is all about? Is it just something you earn or deserve? Do we become leaders because other people ask us to?
You might be a bit confused as to why I am asking these questions. The only reason why I am including those questions here is that the only way we can become good leaders and gain good leadership skills is to understand what leadership is.
Warren Bennis has this to say about leadership:
“Leadership is a function of knowing yourself, having a vision that is well communicated, building trust among colleagues, and taking effective action to realiseyour own leadership potential.”
So here are the different approaches to leadership. These 4 definitions simplify the many definitions we have of leadership.
#1: Leadership as a position
You become a leader by position when you take the reins of leadership based on “where” you operate in a system. This is usually true among companies and other forms of hierarchies. Good examples of this are managers and CEOs. In this view, the position is more important than the character of the leader.
#2: Leadership as a person
This view emphasizes on the character of the person as an important factor in being a leader. With this view it is “who you are” that makes you a leader. This is very subjective and most people choose leaders mostly because of emotional relationships between follower and leader.
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#3: Leadership as a result
This idea focuses on the output of a certain person as a gauge to determine if he/she is a good leader. In this view, it is “what” the leader does that matters. The biggest dilemma here is that whether the results are all because of the leader or of the organization he/she leads?
#4: Leadership as a process
This process based view of leadership takes into consideration the relationship between the leader and practice. In this view, it is what the leader “does” that matters.
Thing is, I have come into a conclusion that leadership cannot be given one single, concrete definition. Also, there is the idea that everybody can learn and acquire leadership skills notwithstanding who you are, what you do, where you are from, and where you are going. In order to become a better leader, you must have a combination of these elements.
- Mindset – What you have to be.
- Performance – What you need to do.
- Knowledge – What you need to know.
- Growth – How to develop yourself.
- Service – How to develop others.
- Wisdom – How to lead others.
With a good balance of these elements, you can rest assured that you will develop the necessary leadership skills you need. It is not about getting 2 or 4 elements and making good use of it. You should learn all 6 and imbibe them.
What about you? What do you think makes a good leader?
JOSEPH SEGATTO JR
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Author: Joseph Segatto Jr
Ready to make changes in your life? Check my blog where I post great content to help you along in your business journey. I enjoy teaching internet home business entrepreneurs the short-cuts that I wish I knew about when I first started. Get my FREE ebook Internet Income Blurprint!
Life is to short to procrastinate…let me help you make a change in your life starting TODAY!