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What is leadership?

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How do you define leadership? Which are the skills, behaviours and attitude defining a leader? How do you show your leadership?

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Paolo Beffagnotti
5 days ago

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There are several "leadership" models. The one I embrace and that seems to clearly produce the best sustained results over time (see such seminal books as Built to Last and Good to Great) is servant leadership... humble but firm team-first leadership for a greater/aspirational purpose. The best leaders demonstrate their prowess and trustworthiness (i.e., worthy of being followed by the best volunteer team members) via the three C's: Character, Competency, and Caring. A well-known Christian CEO, Max DePree (Herman Miller Company) once said: "The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality. The last is to say thank you. In between, the leader is a servant."

Don Barefoot
5 days ago
I haven't read the book but I agree that servant leadership supports to build better organization. If you want to serve, to serve first - Paolo 5 days ago
I agree and I think leadership essentially like border between the brick. - Venkatramana 4 days ago
Venkatramana... the best leaders also cast a clear enough vision for the aspirational future of the business that they also help the team see what all the bricks together are building... hopefully a beautiful, life-changing cathedral, not just a wall! - Don 4 days ago
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As skills, I would like to call out delegating, trustworthiness, responsibility and creativity. You are a leader when people recognize this, it is not something that you can force.

Paolo Beffagnotti
4 days ago
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A Leader has to provide 'meaning' to everything they are asking us to do.

I subscribe to the 'start with the why' school. Don't tell people what to do and then show them how to do it unless you have explained why first.

David Cottrell
4 days ago
Right, and this start with communication.. First explain why and then delegate, it helps to motivate and engage more with the team. Agree that we work in a better way when we understant the scope of what we are doing. - Paolo 4 days ago
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Leaders make a positive difference in a organization by motivating people with soft power (influence) versus force. I don't lend to textbook models much being the type of group or commodity will have require different leaders. Not to say firmness at times is not needed but this should not be the main approach.

DONALD THOMAS
3 days ago
Good points, firmness is needed in certain occasion, however the acknowledged leadership requires soft power - Paolo 3 days ago
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The most effective leaders are those who are charismatic and transitional, example Martin Luther King, Jr III. A leader who can effect change must be humble, willing to serve and not be served, such as Mahatma Gandhi. That person must have conviction to the beliefs he/she espouses. and be above being bribed. The ability to delegate and hold individuals accountable to their responsibilities is important, as one person cannot have all the skill sets to succeed at everything, nor would that person have the time or energy to excel as necessary.

Apollone Reid
3 days ago
Great call out Apollone, thanks for sharing these - Paolo 3 days ago
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Which are your examples of leadership and why? Apollone Reid already called out some

Paolo Beffagnotti
3 days ago

Have some input?