|The success of every organization rests on the foundation of leadership. A group of people, whether a business, organization, family or society, can only go as far as leadership will take it.
Some people do not believe that they are leaders or even that they can be a leader. I believe that every person is a leader in at least one situation.
Maybe you aren’t a leader at work, but you are in your family or as the soccer coach of the little league team. Somewhere you are leading. Here is my working definition of leadership: INFLUENCE. Nothing more, nothing less. So as you are reading this, understand that I am giving you these thoughts in order to help you influence as many people in the most effective way possible!
When people make a decision (either consciously or unconsciously) to follow your leadership, they do it primarily because of one of two things: your character or your skills. They want to know if you are the kind of person they want to follow and if you have the skills to take them further. Yes, there are other variables, but these are the bulk of the matter. Next, we focus on the kind of character that causes people to follow your leadership.
This post originally appeared as part of our monthly e-newsletter, Staff Matters. This post was written by Chris Widener and published by our partners, the fine folks at Haley Marketing Group.
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