Tuesday, September 23, 2003

Leadership -- slipping through my fingers

Lately, I've been giving a great deal of thought to the idea of leadership. What is leadership? How can I be a good leader?

In the past, I've defined leadership as "getting other people to do something I want them to do in a way in which they'll do it over and over and over." For instance, if I have a business, I can't expect my employees to work 80 hours a week. Oh, sure, I can expect that once in a while, but it can't be the norm. It can't be the norm because they will not be able to do it over-and-over-and-over again. They'll burn out. They'll self-destruct. A good leader creates an environment where people can do what they need to do in a supported manner.

But, lately, I've been thinking about leadership in a more personal way. When faced with choices, how do I know which choice to make? When faced with a dilemma, how do I act with positive leadership?

Inside each of us is a set of values, principles -- a code which determines right from wrong. I know, intuitively, what is right... and what is wrong. When my actions are in accordance with what I know to be right, then I am acting in a positive leadership manner.

But, is it so simple?

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