The illusionary leader –
Leadership is not a crown you wear. It is not something you can be given as a position. It is not about what you say. Or the vision you have, or the strategies you employ.
It is about how your actions serve others. Your influence. Your choices. Your character. To stand for what is right, especially when it will harm you.
It is not in how you show up when all is easy, but your character in the darkest of moments. It’s about how you nurture those around you. How you take blame, responsibility for all that is wrong, and none of the credit when they do well.
The best leaders don’t take curtain calls, don’t win awards, aren’t given recognition —because their people are the ones that did it all.
When you make others the heroes and motivate them to find their own power, then you will have made it as a leader.
When they in turn do the same for others, and create new leaders. Then you have reason to smile as a leader.
Everything else is ego. It taints the work.
Leadership is hard. It is a journey and not a destination. A calling, a belief, a way of life…It is not for the faint of heart, but it is something that we can all strive for.
Leadership for everyone.