Leadership is one of those words thrown around by coaches, parents, and teachers.
My favorite simple definition of leadership is, "Leadership is influence, nothing more, nothing less."
What this tells me is that anyone can lead because anyone can influence. How you influence, why you influence, and at what level you do so defines the kind of leader you become.
Today I'd like to share something I have always kept close to me to remind me not just what leadership is, but a breakdown of what it actually means. It's from The Leadership Handbook by John Maxwell.
What Leadership Is:
Leadership is the willingness to put one's self at risk.
Leadership is the passion to make a difference with others.
Leadership is being dissatisfied with the current reality.
Leadership is taking responsibility while others are making excuses.
Leadership is seeing the possibilities in a situation while others are seeing the limitations.
Leadership is readiness to stand out in a crowd.
Leadership is an open mind and an open heart.
Leadership is the ability to submerge your ego for the sake of what is best.
Leadership is invoking in others the capacity to dream
Leadership is inspiring others with a vision of what they can contribute.
Leadership is the power of one harnessing the power of many.
Leadership is your heart speaking to the hearts of others.
Leadership is the integration of heart, head and soul.
Leadership is the capacity to care, and in caring to liberate the ideas, energy and capacities of others.
Leadership is the dream made a reality.
Leadership is, above all, courageous.
Next time someone asks you to be a leader, read this, embrace these words, and understand the responsibility of that duty.