How do you define leadership?

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When I wrote my book, Leadership Energy – Unlocking the Secrets to Your Success, my first challenge was defining leadership.  To be a leader do you need a title and people reporting to you?  How do you know when you are actually leading?  Is leadership a separate behavior that you do or don’t do?

There are so many definitions of leadership.  How do YOU define leadership?

In my book, I define leadership as the ability to take your aspirations and inspire others to deliver actionable results. 

Let me add clarity to this definition and ask you a few questions.

  • Aspirations are the passion to focus on a future result.
    • What are your aspirations for the future?  For yourself?  For your team?  For your organization?
    • Can you clearly articulate these to others?
  • Inspiration is the capacity to enroll others to use their aspirations not only for the benefit of an organization, but to satisfy their personal desires and to create measurable outcomes.
    • Who do you need to enroll in your aspirations?  Do you have a clearly defined list of these individuals?
    • Have you identified what each of these individuals aspire to and how working with you creates a win-win for your dreams and theirs?
  • Actionable results are the key measuring sticks used to determine success.
    • How do you know if you are achieving your aspirations?
    • How do you know if you are assisting others to achieve their aspirations?

What is your definition of leadership?

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