I just returned from Boston, where I had a chance to visit Cape Cod and all of its splendid beauty and numerous lighthouses. After taking this picture and reflecting on the meaning of a lighthouse, it occurred to me that a lighthouse is a lot like a business leader.

Lighthouse — a tower or other structure displaying or flashing a very bright light for the guidance of ships in avoiding dangerous areas, in following certain routes, etc.

Leadership — involves establishing a clear vision, sharing that vision with others so that they will follow willingly, providing the information, knowledge and methods to realize that vision, and coordinating and balancing the conflicting interests of all members and stakeholders.

A leader steps up in times of crisis, and is able to think and act creatively in difficult situations. Unlike management, leadership cannot be taught, although it may be learned and enhanced through coaching or mentoring.

A leader comes in all types and at all levels, from a CEO of a billion dollar corporation to an owner of a mom and pop store and everyone in between. A leader by its meaning is one who goes first and leads by example, so that others are motivated to follow him. This is a basic requirement. To be a leader, a person must have a deep-rooted commitment to the goal that he will strive to achieve it even if nobody follows him!
To Your Success!
Joe Hicks