November 4, 2013


Leadership is probably one of the most misunderstood word in the entire universe because it means different things to so  many people.

I think we generally think that leadership is about leading a group of people, or being at the top.  Not so.  This viewpoint denies everyone else in the group the opportunity to be a leader.

Lead and be Led

Leadership is not for you.  It’s for others.   To help others realize their dreams and hopes.  And in so doing, you create a perfect leadership collaboration where all the leaders are given equal opportunity to lead as well as follow.  A true leader creates leaders not followers.

Assuming that leadership only exists at the top is a mistake.  Anyone in any capacity is a leader when they demonstrate responsibility.  Have you ever heard of this John F Kennedy anecdote?  I am not sure if it’s true or not  but it went like this:

The president was visiting NASA headquarters and stopped to talk to a man who was holding a mop. “And what do you do?” he asked.  The man, a janitor, replied, “I am helping to put a man on the  moon sir.”

What is leadership to you?