Leadership, leadership, leadership. That is all everyone seems to be talking about these days. It seems to become a point of discussion in almost any subject we engage in.
If you turn on SportsCenter you might hear about Tom Brady, Kevin Durant, or Kobe Bryant’s leadership.
If you turn on any national news station you will hear about the leadership or lack there of, for the Republican canidate hopefuls or President Obama.
If you look in your social media streams you will see someone sharing a leadership quote or recommending a leadership book. In fact, that is what I am doing right now. I am using my blog to discuss the topic of leadership with you. I also post a daily sucess quote on my Facebook status each day.
Everyone seems to be talking about leadership, many people are writing about leadership, and everyone seems to want to be a better leader.
Leadership expert and author John Maxwell has written countless leadership books and has sold over 19 million copies of his books. This should be a good indicator of people’s desire to learn more about becoming better leaders.
It doesn’t matter how many leadership books youhave read, how much leadership intellect you have or if you have obtained an awesome leadership role. If any of the following 3 statements about leadership are true about you, then you are not really leading.
If your actions don’t inspire those around you to be more, do more and believe in themselves more; you are not leading.
If you are more focused on how you’re percieved than how you are developing others and helping those around you win; you’re not leading.
If you are unwilling to change or lead from the “my way or the highway” standpoint; you are not leading. That is called dictating.
Delusive leadership gets delusive results. If you truly want to be a great leader, you need to keep it real, care about your people, and help others win. The end result will be better team members, a better organization, and an overall better product for the customer.
If you really want to get a picture of how a true leader should act, I would suggest watching Mel Gibson’s character in the movie Braveheart. That character inspired the whole country of Scotland to stand up for it’s freedom against the tyrany of England’s rule. I not saying you should get a giant sword and start running around the countryside killing everyone who comes by your path, but his ability to inspire people was amazing. People just wanted to follow him. Those men would have run off the cliff of a mountain if he asked them to.
I challenge us all to really look closely at how we lead others and be honest with ourselves as to whether we are really leading or not.