I’m always looking to learn more on leadership, and the latest book I’ve been reading is Inspirational Leadership by Lance Secretan. Although it was written in 1999 it shares some really good, different perspectives on leadership and teaches some of the changes that leadership has gone through, as well as needs to go through become the healthy strength we need today. There are some things that are core to the concept of leadership that will never change, but there are other things that can and should be improved upon. One of those things is a better understanding of the choice of leadership.
The leadership style and methods we choose is ultimately up to each of us, and we have to choose whether to be a true leader or not. Even if we didn’t choose to be a leader but the leadership was chosen for or given to us we still have the choice of what we will do with that leadership. One of the worst decisions we can make about our leadership skills, or about our passions, is to pack them away and pretend they don’t matter or we can’t really do something with them.
But as I reminded my newsletter subscribers this weekend, each of us are a leader whether we’re parents, CEO’s or teachers, and it’s up to us to take up that responsibility and lead in whatever area of life we’re at even if we don’t think that our leadership role is very big or important. So whether we want the responsibility or not each of us have it. We do have a choice in whether we choose to make the best of what we’ve been given, take action to make changes, or be one of the bad leaders.
My encouragement to you is to choose to be a cheerful leader. Choose to welcome the responsibilities and do the best you can to shine in each and every task you’ve been given.
When one man, for whatever reason, has the opportunity to lead an extraordinary life, he has no right to keep it to himself. Jacques Yves Cousteau