The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality. The last is to say thank you. In between, the leader is a servant.
— Max DePree
Greetings, Inspired Travelers!
There seems to be a surge in conversations about leadership these days. Each client I visit, each coaching session held — even visits to the local coffee shop — are framing discussions on leadership: what it is and what it isn't. So, if you are a leader or a rising one, you may want to add your voice to the conversation.
While there are many styles of leadership, the core of all of them, when successful, is service; to be of service to those one leads is not only the greatest gift but is the clearest path of success.
So, what does service-centered leadership look like? These great leaders care about people before profit and set aside personal agendas for the greater good. They are able to live and thrive in the midst of ambiguity and hold creative and intellectual tensions in balance. Great leaders, focused on service, also have the ability for thinking beyond barriers and approaching issues in a holistic, comprehensive way. It's easy to see why leadership is not for everyone…
If you want to up your leadership game, here are some challenges to meet: