Leadership is usually defined as a person’s *job title* in the organization.
Leadership should be defined in terms of the *ability* to build and maintain a team that outperforms the competition.
Read that again.
What statement would others say best defines you?
Competition doesn’t have to be mean-spirited.
Being competitive can be very altruistic.
Consider a sports team. The best teams are made up of individual members each performing at their very best. When each player is performing at their highest potential the sum is truly greater than the parts. Hence: leadership is defined in terms of ability not status. Calling a coach a coach doesn’t automatically make him a winning coach. Calling people managers doesn’t automatically make them effective managers.
If you aren’t getting the kind of following you want and expect… it’s your fault, not the teams. If you want people to follow you, you have to be a leader that others *can* and *want* to follow.
A powerful team is made up of engaged, energized, enthusiastic players. Developing optimal teams requires work on ourselves. Training if you will. We all can be better at something. No one “has arrived” as the saying goes. If you think you have – you are only fooling yourself.
Just like professional athletes need trainers, you may need one too, except we call them coaches in the business world. I have both. A personal trainer who challenges me physically and mentally at the gym and a business coach who holds me accountable and challenges me professionally.
As you go about your day ask yourself what others would say about your leadership style based on your current behavior (not your intentions). You may be surprised to know their assessment would differ from your own self-evaluation. We tend to evaluate our own abilities higher than we should. It’s called self-deception.
Good leaders create energized, engaged and enthusiastic employees, bad leaders leave employees demoralized and drained.
If you are interested in the definition between Good Leaders and Bad Leaders, ask me. If you would benefit from some insight into what kind of leader you are, ask me.