Leadership Success: The Quick Start Guide – Part 1


Successful leadership is usually defined in terms of goal achievement. For instance:

Leadership is the process of influencing others to understand and agree about what needs to be done and how it can be done effectively, and the process of facilitating individual and collective efforts to accomplish the shared objectives (Yukl, G., 2001).

While such definitions address the importance of achievement and working with others, they miss two critical aspects of leadership - who you are and why you lead.

Thus, successful leadership also requires being the best person you can be and being clear about who and how you want to serve.

In other words:

  • You are the catalyst for making good things happen in your world, and as such, you need to learn to be the best catalyst possible; and
  • The ultimate goal of leadership is to serve the greater good of others in some way, whether that be in your family, organisation or community.

The Purpose Of This Guide

The purpose of Leadership Success: The Quick Start Guide is to provide you with a series of questions to help you reflect on your leadership. Ultimately, it is the power of such reflection that allows you to:

  1. Strengthen your credibility;
  2. Have more impact, and
  3. Create lasting change.

To make the most of this guide, take some time to review a section each week and make it fun while you do so. Perhaps you could take yourself out for a coffee at your favourite cafe or perhaps you could talk these ideas over with another leader whose company you enjoy.

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