As we continue exploring the topic of Courage in Leadership, the air-pressure that often opposes those who lead is important to identify.
One such pressure is the fear of what others will think, what they might say, or how they could act if we truly lead consistent with the mission, our conscience, and how the circumstances would require us to lead.
You may notice a new "look" to this blog. I have changed the header from "Leadership Notes" to the title above, "Courage to Lead."
As mentioned last week, it seems to me that the current environment for those in leadership is not getting any easier. Therefore, I will be exploring in more depth several aspects of leadership that flow out of the requisite of Courage in senior roles of influence.
It seems like the current environment for those in leadership is not getting any easier.
As a result, decision-making, strategy, personnel issues, and other factors leaders face each day are stacked with increasing challenges.
The result is that it takes courage to lead.
Yes, it always has – and yet in our present climate, courage is not a preferred commodity; it is a required characteristic of those who intend to lead – and lead well.
OK - It's been a crazy busy week so this will be short. I may expand on it later. For now, just one thought regarding leadership...
Even though it has been true in times past, we now live in particularly complex times. The world around us is not getting simpler ... the challenges are significant for those in leadership.
Thus, I would submit for consideration by those in our day who agree to positions of responsibility, the following singular proposition:
It takes courage to lead.
Now, more than ever.
The faint of heart need not apply.
Sometimes unexpected good news surprises us – and humbles us. That was the case last week when we learned that our team here at Plumbline Media Group was honored once again by receiving another award for excellence in video production.
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Often...the biggest challenges - are the challenges that we face.
Whether is a financial matter, a difficult relationship, an unruly board member or, if we supervise people, a difficult employee.
The challenge is the same: the issue or the person must be confronted.
While studying for a graduate entrance exam I was reviewing word definitions. The preparation material compared words that sounded similar but had different meanings. I will never forget one of those comparisons that read as follows:
Leadership is not about the position we hold, the title we have, or our place in the line-up.
Leadership is more about our influence, our effectiveness, our sway.
We are all influencing - leading - others.
By our action, by our inaction.
By our words. By our silence.
The real question is not, "Am I a leader?" The real question is, "What is the quality of my leadership, my influence, on others?"
We are all leaders in one capacity or other.
We are all influencers.
Either for good.