A couple of days ago, in a job interview, I was asked to describe what I think a leader is. Well, having recently completed an Army-sponsored program in “process-based” leadership, I replied that being a leader isn’t about being out front, or following from behind, it’s about setting expectations and then helping people to achieve those ends.I’ve been thinking about my answer and I have an addendum I’d like to make. I want to add what I think leaders are NOT! They are not charismatic, bigger-than-life rouse the rabble figures. We all know a few of those—all promise and no performance. The traits that make a real leader are just two: humility and determination. Jim Collins, the same guy who wrote “Good to Great” talks about it in depth in this Harvard Business Review article: http://hbr.org/2005/07/level-5-leadership-the-triumph-of-humility-and-fierce-resolve/ar/1
BTW—Check out Jim Collins videos on Big Think….
- On Leadership and Effective Communication (linked2leadership.com)
- The Best 6 Leadership and Management Books for Christmas 2012 (urbantimes.co)