What makes an effective leader?
- Is it someone who needs accolades and recognition; or someone who wants to improve themselves and allow others to do the same?
- Is the person with the largest ego and the loudest voice; or the one who has the largest capacity to listen and hear?
- Is it the one who blows the most hot air or the one who recognises the strengths of others?
- Is it one who forces change through their will; or one who fosters change by exposing people to different ways?
- Is it one who demands; or one who suggests?
An interesting conversation, with a colleague who I don’t often have the privilege of chatting with, provokes my thinking today. I am left with these thoughts …
- Are we all leaders (in some form) ?
- Why do so many people perceive themselves in ways that are so different to the way they are perceived by others?
- Can true leaders “lead from anywhere”, even when the designated leader pushes them down?
- Do people need to gain or construct permission to express opinions and question “the leader”?
- What happens when “leaders” feel threatened by people around them?
- Can leadership be shred; delegated in meaningful ways?
I wonder what other people think and feel about “leaders”.