Whether we are actually leaders in the conventional sense of this word, we all give leadership in one form or another and from time to time.
People become leaders by doing leadership work, e.g. by proposing new ideas, making contributions outside their area of expertise, or connecting people and resources to a worthwhile goal.
The way to begin is to step outside the comfort zone and the confines of the daily routines to start to contribute to the direction in which you wish to go, but also to the development of others with whom you are involved.
The point which I am making is that we assume different roles according to the circumstances in which we find ourselves. Even leaders are subordinate to others. In fact, all leaders need the support of others who play sub-leadership roles and even lead in the absence of the leader. Therefore, it is helpful if we have a view on leadership, so that even if we are not leading we are able to receive leadership or can help to support it if it is, in any way, less effective than it could be.
So much has been written about leaders and leadership that a few examples (views on leadership) should suffice to provide you with insight.
1. Leaders are not the hub of activities but operate as a bridge. They:
2. Sir Steve Redgrave who received 5 gold medals for rowing in successive Olympic games gave his views:
3. The leader sets the standard by:
Your own views
Having experienced how others look at leadership it is now your turn.
Which qualities do you think a leader should have and/or develop?
How do you lead (given that everybody leads or has influence in some way)?
Can you describe the style of leadership which you would ideally advocate?