I see this reality of the rapid change of our lives more and more these days - that the new norm for life is akin to a ride on white water rapids. We have to remain connected to it and changed by it, in order to remain relevant.
Its true, there are a host of qualifications and skills that are necessary for good leadership to be happening in an organization, but one that I think is often overlooked is compulsion.
Any society that has been impressed by Plato or Socrates has drifted toward the Greek mindset where knowledge is king. As Westerners I think we have bought into this perspective to one degree or another and as a result it should come as no surprise then that Leadership is also evolving into a destination, rather than a tool.
I suppose my thinking is that if I can discover how excellence was sourced, then perhaps I can play a role in creating it in others. I consider myself a life long student of the things that motivate us as people.
Can Leadership be art? Creativity fits into art, but where does creativity fit into leadership? Have you ever experienced leadership in such a way that impacts you like art does?
If you have chosen to be a Doctor, sell Chicken sandwiches or fix cars, that's great because there are ongoing needs for those actions. However the predictability of the action and the path that gets you there has the power to paint you with a brush of very ordinary and common colors.
The nature and behavior of the crowd we are speaking to, influencing and leading, affects our leadership. Some crowds respond like a herd, meaning there is a scattered presence of them but isolated movement - even sudden movement - doesn't seem to phase the group much.
As leaders we can sometimes get stuck behind productivity and deliverables. Yes, they are what we measure and ultimately they are the cause of profit or loss, but if we get too stuck on output and loose touch with the people doing the work along the way, then we are in trouble.
Most of us have thought about what it takes to move away from where you are and toward something new. It is a repeating story in our lives and there are many examples; from being single to being married, from living in this town to living in that town, from having this job to having that job, from seeing life this way, to seeing life that way.
Lets face it, in order for any of us to grow or duplicate our services, products or offerings we will have to work with, train and empower people. While the organization is small and relational interaction is close and transparent, accountability seems more organic and the likelihood of a rogue leader is low. But expansion and multiplication demands more leaders with more power and when a leader goes rogue; displaying unwanted behavior or heading in the wrong direction - it is time to step in.