February 4th, 2014
There are a gazillion books and articles on whether leaders are made or born, but I recently came across an article in the Washington Post that really hit home.
James G. Clawson's piece is hugely insightful and the part that really caught my eye is where he writes:
"I think leadership is about managing energy, first in yourself and then in those around you. What this definition implies is that unless you are deeply committed to an outcome that others can engage in and understand, no amount of teaching will make you a leader."
I think it is worth reading that paragraph a couple of times and letting the core message sink in.
If you think leadership is lacking in your organisation, you may feel that a development programme is required to fill the gap. If so, and in order for it to make a real impact, it's worth ensuring that such a programme addresses how you manage energy, "first in yourself and then in those around you", and your commitment to outcomes.
You can read the full article here. Enjoy!
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