Here are some various, different and sometimes contradictory quotes I have read about leadership over time:

  • Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality
  • Leadership is to exercise initiative and influence
  • Leadership is to create more leaders, not more followers.
  • Leadership is not measurable, followership is à evaluate leadership through the measure of followership
  • Leadership is to go first.
  • Leadership is to put the best ahead and go last to make sure no one is left behind
  • Leadership is about unlearning management and re-learning being Human
  • leadership is a choice, not a position
  • Leadership is everybody’s business
  • Leadership is communicating to people their worth and potential so clearly that they come to see it in themselves.
  • Leadership is the enabling art
  • Servant leadership is to set up the conditions of empowerment and then to get out of people’s way, clear their path and become a source of help as requested.

What if, as my friend Adam Quiney put it recently, Leadership was not a way to be, but the possibility of all ways of being?

What would that make available in your own role and your own life?

Take care,

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