John Maxwell has popularised the notion that leadership is influence.
My response … hardly!
When the kid at McDonalds influences me to ‘have some fries with that’ is that leadership? Hardly!
The problem with simple definitions is that they can become simplistic & thus limiting & ultimately very unhelpful & even damaging.
And I think Maxwell has done us a disservice with his simplistic definition.
There’s no doubt in my mind that leadership is far too complex a thing to be defined as simply influence. That’s like saying everyone can be a leader … but more about that in next week’s leadership post.
So what is leadership?
I define leadership as galvanising a group to a cause, a vision, a mission, a goal & mobilising that group to achieve that same mission, goal etc.
A leader brings together disparate parts, uniting & bonding them. People become followers because a leader assails them & disturbs their comfortable places with a larger dream, a brighter future.
Then that leader shifts them to action … significant action, bold action, transforming action.
So in my view true leaders disturb & disrupt people, shaking their world view & ultimately causing them to act in ways they never envisaged before that leader entered their world.
So …how would you define leadership?
And leader … are you disturbing & disrupting enough people?
Want to know more about leadership?
Download my free ebook, The Transformational Leader.
Read some more posts on transformational leadership.