How do you define ‘Leadership’?

What is the exact definition of leadership? Go ahead, look it up if you want. If you don’t have the time (because who does?), here are a few I came upon:

Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality.

-Warren Bennis, US scholar & consultant

 If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more, you are a leader.

-John Quincy Adams, 6th US President

 A manager takes people where they want to go. A great leader takes people where they don’t necessarily want to go but ought to.

-Rosalyn Carter, former US First Lady

 True leaders understand that leadership is not about them but about those they serve. It is not about exalting themselves but about lifting others up.

-Sheri L. Dew, author

 As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others.

-Bill Gates, Microsoft

Which one is “correct”? Which one is your favorite? Is the definition you like best, one that your favorite teacher would also like best? Is it one a police officer would like? Or a nurse, grandfather, reverend, mother, grocery store clerk, banker, or politician?

When you think about leadership, do you imagine applying it at school? At work, Rainbow, home, church, your sorority, or band?

There are endless definitions of leadership and endless ways to apply them. That is why I enjoy the topic so much. It isn’t perfect. It isn’t the same for everyone. My goal in sharing what I know about leadership is to empower Nevada Rainbow Girls to be the very best versions of themselves by using their natural talents to accomplish goals and become leaders in whatever aspects of life they choose.

The question at the start of this post should be more clearly stated, “How do YOU define leadership?” We each define it for ourselves and there is no wrong answer. It will likely even change form throughout your life.

So… how will YOU be a leader today?


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