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Can we quit calling everything leadership already?

Can we quit calling everything leadership already? It’s leadership to get up early and get started on the day. It’s leadership when you read more books. It’s leadership when you speak out against the comfortable consensus at work. It’s leadership when you save your money instead of spending it. Nope. It’s not that these things aren’t necessarily great because they are. They might be traits among a number of leaders, but they aren’t the art and craft of leadership. When everything becomes leadership, then nothing actually is. So, we should define it much more narrowly. Leadership is moving people to action on a mission. It is the sum total of the leader’s acts that are intentionally designed to get other people moving on a mission. Moving physically. Moving mentally. It’s about beating Newtonian mechanics. “An object at rest tends to remain at rest unless acted upon…” Many of us tend to remain at “rest” until we are acted upon. The job of a leader is the manifestation of a mission via others. Just sayin’… 

by Jonathan Wilson

Jonathan is the Head Coach at Sandcastle Company, a Seattle-based leadership training organization. His first book, Future Leader: Rebooting Leadership to Win the Millennial and Tech Future [link], is now available. Jonathan regularly writes and speaks about The New Leader Way, leadership resilience, and the future of work. He has years of leadership experience in both the public and private sectors, a master's degree from Seattle University, and professional coach training from the University of Miami.

Filed under: Leadership

Published on January 21, 2019

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