Leadership..? What is that..?
So often in society we are exposed to the word “leader.” We are told to be a better “leader” in the work force, to improve our “leadership” skills, and that the most successful people in life have always been “leaders.” Oftentimes, we, ourselves, walk around using the words “leader” and “leadership” without truly understanding what it is we are saying.
What does this all mean, though? What exactly does leadership entail? Why in the world does it actually have any significance, if it does at all?
You’re all in luck! I’m here to help explain leadership in a way that will bring clarity to your understanding and peace to your mind.
The above picture is what many individuals believe to be leadership, simply telling people what to do and expecting others to listen. This, however, is not to what leadership is limited. In fact, the concept of “leadership” is one which is multi-dimensional and much more complicated than Julius Caesar would ever acknowledge.
Leadership has many different definitions, as many different people have studied the varying aspects of leadership. Furthermore, similar to any other great topic, the central idea of leadership’s definition has evolved greatly over time. One of the recent definitions of leadership, as written by Peter G. Northouse in his book Leadership: Theory and Practice, is “ a process whereby an individual influences a group of individuals to achieve a common goal.” (Northouse, 5).
This definition is important to hold on to as it encompasses the ideas and the elements of leadership that this blog will discuss.
So how does one reach a level of influencing individuals and reaching a common goal? One answer to this question is a very important aspect of leadership. It is a fundamental and essential basis upon which great “leadership” can be built.
This basis is the concept of Self-Leadership, and it is going to be the primary focus of this blog site.
Sit back, relax, and enjoy the journey into self-leadership, and it’s relationship with “leadership skills”, on which you are about to embark.