Leadership is about influencing others toward the achievement of a common goal and a shared vision. It is about impacting people and making a positive difference.
Leadership is not about occupying some lofty position and telling people what to do. It is not about accumulating and wielding power. It is not about you—it is about others.
I think we’re in a leadership crisis today because people who are in positions of leadership have lost sight of why they are there in the first place. It comes down to a heart issue—people are pursuing leadership positions for all the wrong reasons—their own success, power, and prestige.
True leaders are not concerned about position; they are concerned about leading by example. They show others the way. They model the values. They live out what they expect of others. They foster unity and teamwork. They bring out the best in others. They serve. They point towards the vision and say, “This is where we are headed—follow me!”
True leaders—great leaders—are not concerned about self. No, they are more concerned about the welfare of others and the success of the organization they lead. How rare and refreshing it is to encounter such leaders in today’s world.
Are you leading by example, or are you just occupying a position, becoming intoxicated by power and the allure of prestige and success? It’s a question that any person in a position of leadership needs to ask themselves.