Society can put too much emphasis on leadership. In books and movies, it is the leader that seems to make the difference. That is true in real life as well, but with out followers leaders are just "a voice in the desert." We can't all be leaders and it would be a pretty confusing world if we were.
It is a bit of pet peeve that such emphasis is placed on leadership. I have a friend who served 20 years as a New York police officer. He retired as an officer. People would ask him, "What happened? Why did you never get promoted?"
His answer? "I liked being a patrol officer. I got to meet people and build relationships, not just between me and them, but between them and the department. It is where I wanted to be and what I wanted to do."
He had a vision and mission and he pursued it and stood by it. Now he is a nurse still helping people and building relationship.
The Three Questions
Here are three questions leaders should ask themselves regularly:
- Why am I a leader?
- What does being a leader mean to me?
- Am I fulfilling my responsibilities to the people I lead?
Leadership isn't a title-it is a way of living.