At the end of the day, everyone is and can be a leader. It is not a position or title, but a mindset. I found an informative article written by Dr. Travis Bradberry on the topic of what a leader is and what a leader isn’t that I’d like to share with you.
Looking at his definition of leadership below, how might you empower and implore your teams to embrace leadership?
What is leadership?
DEFINITION: Leadership is a process of social influence which maximizes the efforts of others toward the achievement of a greater good.
Notice the key elements of this definition:
- Leadership stems from social influence, not authority or power.
- Leadership requires others, and that implies they don’t need to be “direct reports.”
- No mention of personality traits, attributes, or even a title; there are many styles, many paths to effective leadership.
- It includes a greater good, not influence with no intended outcome.
Leadership is a mindset in action. So don’t wait for the title. Leadership isn’t something that anyone can give you — you have to earn it and claim it for yourself.
Dr. Travis Bradberry is the award-winning co-author of the #1 bestselling book, “Emotional Intelligence 2.0,” and the cofounder of TalentSmart, the world’s leading provider of emotional intelligence tests and training, serving more than 75% of Fortune 500 companies. His bestselling books have been translated into 25 languages and are available in more than 150 countries. Dr. Bradberry has written for, or been covered by, Newsweek, BusinessWeek, Fortune, Forbes, Fast Company, Inc., USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and The Harvard Business Review.