Stop trying to act as a leader


 

Pictograms of Olympic sports - Triathlon. This...

Pictograms of Olympic sports – Triathlon. This is unofficial sample picture. Images of official Olympic pictograms for 1948 Summer Olympics and all Summer Olympics since 1964 can be found in corresponding Official Reports. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Leadership is Influence, Nothing more, Nothing less.” — John Maxwell

 

As our world becomes more complex, with more activities and beliefs tugging for attention on the world stage, what difference does leadership make? And why would anyone promote a particular type of leadership?

 

I wrote a couple of years ago that there are only two sources of leadership: that which comes from our position and that which comes from our character, our “who-we-are.” Character isn’t a list of traits or behaviors. Character comes from a Latin word that means image. Our character is who we are on the inside.

 

A friend once said his training as a triathlete changed when his attitude changed from practicing for a triathlon to deciding he was a triathlete. There is a difference between attempting a triathlon and becoming a triathlete. There is a difference between teaching a lesson and being a teacher. And there is a huge difference between leading some group or activity and being a leader.

 

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