Anyone, at any level of an organization, can be a Great Leader
It has often been said that “managers do things right while leaders do the right things.”
There’s a great deal of truth in this pithy observation. Especially as my concept of great leadership is applied.
Managers should be responsible for ensuring appropriate implementation of policies, procedures, and processes. Great leaders, in addition to determining and communicating direction, are responsible for people leadership and people development. This includes leadership and development of themselves.
The art of great leadership mandates a positive and future-focus mindset. You will not find many successful leaders who are pessimistic. Nor are those focused solely on short-term results (such as quarterly revenue and profit figures) likely to be successful over the long term.
This does not mean leadership requires wearing rose-colored glasses or having an unrealistic view that all will become right soon.
Rather, the art of great leadership requires a solid grounding in both understanding the reality of any situation, while simultaneously being able to integrate various viewpoints of reality that they and others hold. This means both understanding the status quo and being able to question the underlining nature of the status quo, and how this is perceived and believed by others.
Leaders also have to inspire confidence in the organization and its sustainable future.
Some leaders are born to lead. Most leaders are created by circumstances, aptitude, and an internal willingness or drive to lead others.
The thing is: anyone at any level of an organization can be a great leader.
This article is excerpted from my book Great Leadership Words of Wisdom, which is available on Amazon in both paperback and Kindle formats.