It is one of those terms that there are a million different interpretations for. Similar to quality. For me, Leadership has always come down to five main abilities. Rather than me describe them, here are five quotes that I feel capture the essence of the five abilities.
1) Ability to Inspire
3) Ability to always remain calm in the face of pressure
4) Courage to listen and accommodate
5) Ability to create a Shared Vision of success and influencing the team to travel there together. Never directing or telling.
Why am I mentioning this?
In Canada, there has been two recent occurrences of politicians using profanity recently. Some people have spoken out against this while others have respected their ‘passion’ and how they respect leaders with ‘passion’. I feel we must be careful to not confuse a lack of decorum, control, and restraint with passion. The ends do not justify the means. Just because we believe our cause to be noble, does not allow us to use any means necessary to be used to achieve it.
One more thing
One thing not mentioned previously about leadership is the commitment to the team. Besides the Shared Vision of success, I feel leaders also nurture a Shared Vision of the team. They nurture individual and team growth as the team creates the solution. At the end of it, the team has created a solution and a greater team.
As leaders, if we let ourselves be angry we have essentially put ourselves in front of the team. And the truth.