What is leadership?

Being a great leader is like being a great parent. And like great parenting, it can be hard to define, partly because a leader’s effectiveness depends on who they are leading. While a particular leadership style might work well with one person, it could be completely ineffective with another. I have two sons and I have learnt the hard way that the strategies that are successful with one don’t necessarily work with the other!

As we move into 2021 and a period of COVID recovery, or at least COVID management, leadership is being recognised as a key contributor to business and professional success. While the execution may differ, it is possible to identify some fundamental principles that strong leaders live by.

Strong leaders:

  • make decisions that others can’t or won’t make, understanding both the intended and unintended consequences of their decisions.
  • work to make themselves redundant by training, guiding, developing, coaching and leading those around them
  • are accountable and can be relied upon to be true to their word
  • are brave enough to admit their vulnerabilities, failures and mistakes, and to ask for help when they need it
  • are able to adjust their style to meet people where they need to be met
  • hear what is said, as well as what is unsaid, and not what they want to hear
  • understand that leadership is a journey, not a destination, and that continual learning is essential
  • have a clear vision of the future and are able to inspire others to follow them and their vision
  • speak directly and with clarity
  • are kind, empathetic and caring.

Each day, as you move through 2021, think about how you can take one more step towards being a better leader.

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