Hopefully you’ve given significant thought to the questions “what is a leader?” and “what do leaders do?” Almost everyone has an opinion. Folks who value execution say, “leaders should drive results.” Folks who value relationships say, “Leadership should inspire others to reach their potential.” Folks who value authority say, “leaders should run a tight ship,” while folks who value team development simply say, “leaders serve.”
How do you answer the question?
I recently had an article featured on Dan Black’s leadership site entitled The Three Simple Keys to Strategic Leadership. In it, I encourage you to think of leadership beyond a one-size-fits-all approach and specifically address the strategic component. After all, leaders don’t just influence people to feel a certain way, they influence change (tweet). Without the strategic side of leadership, teams lack focus and can never reach beyond the status quo. And here’s the kicker – they can’t do it alone.
Nathan Magnuson is a leadership consultant, coach, trainer and thought leader. Receive his new ebook Trusted Leadership Advisor by subscribing to his website or follow him on Twitter.