The #1 Secret to Great Leadership That You Should Know
There are probably a gazillion books, articles, white papers, studies, etc. on the definition of a good leader or what leadership is. And I’m betting you’ve read more than your fair share. Because that’s what “good” leaders do, right?
Books that teach theory of great leaders are a dime a dozen. And for all their leadership traits, these people had faults. For example:
Patton – Rash, petulant
Gandhi – Wiley, manipulative
Queen Elizabeth I – Extraordinarily cheap with others while living in opulence
Churchill – Kind of racist
Jobs – Jerky and not great at communication
Yet, these are all people generally considered to be “great” leaders. And looking at these behaviors, it doesn’t seem they spent much time studying up on how to be a “great” leader.
The interesting thing is, the original intention behind their successes doesn’t look anything like what we consider them "great" for. OK. That’s a tangent we don’t need to go on. Reeling in it.
What’s my point?
Their greatness came from seeing what they wanted to have happen then doing things their way. Their way includes all their supposed faults or flawed behaviors.
What if the reason there are so many theories and definitions of leadership is because we are trying to define the indefinable?
What if the real secret of great leaders is that they were/are just being themselves?
What if leadership has nothing to do with theory and everything to do with you? All it takes is knowing who you are and choosing what works for you. That’s my theory, anyway.
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