Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Leadership Is Not Just for "Leaders"

Leadership in any organization is critical. We normally think of leadership as originating from the designated “leaders” in management in a company, with high level leadership coming from higher levels of management and more specific and detailed leadership associated with specific group activities coming from the appropriate down-the-line management levels. It is important for management at any level to demonstrate leadership, but the reality is that leadership is not just for “leaders”. Leadership actually comes at every level in every organization from official “leaders” all the way down to entry-level employees. Don’t look only to your “leaders” for leadership. When you identify something that needs to be done, deal with the problem directly and show leadership yourself. Somebody has to show leadership; why not you?

So what is leadership? Here are a few quotes that may be useful:

“Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.”
– Peter Drucker

“Effective leadership is not about making speeches or being liked; leadership is defined by results not attributes.”
– Peter Drucker

“Effective leadership is putting first things first. Effective management is discipline, carrying it out.” 
– Stephen Covey

“Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.” 
– Dwight D. Eisenhower

“A good objective of leadership is to help those who are doing poorly to do well and to help those who are doing well to do even better.”
– Jim Rohn