I’ve just finished re-reading Les McKeown’s Lead. It is an area I’ve been reading into lately for a number of reasons. Primarily, it was to get a clearer understanding of what leadership really is. It’s a term that gets thrown around, seemingly at will.
Les defines leadership as
” helping any group of two or more people achieve their common goals”
So it’s really about people adding value rather than knowing more than anyone else. It’s certainly not defined by rank or seniority.
This means that there will be leaders scattered throughout any organisation. They won’t have a fancy title or perhaps even see themselves as leaders. These are people who will do something differently, take on a new challenge, experiment and test. They will quietly deliver projects and actions that help their colleagues, their departments, and their companies achieve their common goals.
In whatever shape or form these actions are, they will undoubtedly take several other members of the organisation with them. And when these individuals act and behave as leaders it will become a natural step rather than a conscious decision to follow.