The purpose of leadership is to advance the greater good of others, to contribute to something bigger than yourself. In other words, the success and well-being of your people, organisation or community. Put another way, the purpose of leadership is not to advance your personal status, career or glorify your own ego. Awards and recognition do come with good leadership, but they are the by–products of good leadership not the purpose.
A Leadership Map
Unfortunately, in spite of what many leadership gurus say, there is no magic formula for leadership. Each leader has to discover for themselves the best way of succeeding in their world. Adopting such an approach better equips you to understand the unique challenges of your world. And this is always more useful than trying to fit your situation to some guru's over-simplistic formula of how leadership should be.
The four main areas that are important to the evolution of your leadership are:
1. Learning To Lead
Learning To Lead is at the heart of becoming a better leader. In spite of the popular myth, nobody is born hardwired to be a great leader. The reality is that great leadership evolves from learning successfully from hundreds and thousands of, not always easy, experiences. The key is understanding how to accelerate this process.
2. Leading On Purpose
Leadership On Purpose refers to being clear about what you stand for as a leader and making sure your behaviour is congruent with that. This is important for two reasons. First, if you are not clear about what you stand for, this will create unnecessary self-doubt and stress. Second, if you are incongruent, your team will not believe in you nor trust that you 'have their backs'. You can not lead people anywhere if they don't respect you as a leader.
3. Leading For Impact
Leading For Impact refers to how well you manage your energy, talent, and mindset around the process of achievement. In short, it is a form of success management. That is, organising the talents and resources you have, for the best result, with the least amount of effort. The goal is to understand the few key things that you can do that will have a disproportionate impact on results for a relatively little effort.
4. Leading For Change
Leading For Change is the central work of leadership. As soon as you decide to move, in some way, from where you are now to where you want to be, you are in the change business. What many leaders tend to forget, however, is that all organisation and social change is still fundamentally a form of people to change. Even if the focus of your change is on systems and structures, these are still created and used and improved by people. Therefore, in order to be successful in leading change, you need to become outstanding at understanding how to help people to change. Redrawing the organisational chart, contrary to popular opinion, is not a form of change leadership.
Want To Read More?
- Leadership Success: The Quick Start Guide - Part 1 - Making The Most Of This Guide
- Leadership Success: The Quick Start Guide - Part 2 - A Quick Introduction To Leadership
- Leadership Success: The Quick Start Guide - Part 3 - Learning To Lead