I started thinking about leadership when I got my first, national-in-scope job. It was a word that was tossed about our office all the time and I was suspect. No one would ever say what they meant by it. It was, we knew, necessary, important, lacking, and the secret of success.
Out of need, I defined it myself. I haven’t tried to write it down before, so I’ll try to articulate some of it here. Contribute to my mess by writing in comments below!
Leadership includes elements of the following:
1. The best of intentions. These intentions include
- The best interests of those without knowledge, authority, or money to do it for themselves
- Your peers’, coworkers’, and colleagues’ best interest
- Placing a priority on fairness for all
- A dedication to satisfying a noble goal, not egotistical instincts
2. Positive energy.
- Nobody wants to help Debbie Downer realize her vision.
- Nobody wants to help mean people, either.
- It’s other people—not you—who really know if you’re a downer or if you’re mean. Read the rest of this entry »