“The leader teaches more through being than through doing. The quality of one’s silence conveys more than long speeches.” – John Heider
A leader is not always the one who steps in front of the room or who is always talking. I have found the most inspirational leaders are those who step back and let others be the best that they can be. How profound this world would be if we could all just take a look at what others are best at doing and step aside and let them do it. I believe a leader is one who lets others shine and be the best they can be and guide them to get there.
“Your first and foremost job as a leader is to take charge of your own energy and then to help orchestrate the energy of those around you.” – Peter Drucker
There is such power in this quote. Think of the leaders in your life who are able to truly take charge of their own energy and not change those around them, but truly orchestrate that energy for the common good (however the group defines this). I have always been in profound admiration of an orchestra leader. I now think, for me, this is what the essence of leadership is about. Taking each of the individual musicians (team members), and learning what their talents and skills and strengths are and not work on how to change them to fit in easier or better, but how to use their uniqueness to create something that is bigger than the individual parts. To stay focused on something bigger.
“The best leader does not ask people to serve him, but the common end. The best leader has not followers, but men and women working with him.” – Mary Parker Follett
Yes, my concept of leader has changed profoundly.
My wish for each of you is to examine your old beliefs about you as a leader. What still fits? What no longer fits? What is happening in your life, right now, that needs you to step into being a leader… in your family, in your work, in your community, in your city, in your nation, and even in the world?
Step into it… don’t wait… the world needs you.