What Is Leadership?
Girlfriends what is leadership?
Let us start with what it is not. Leadership has nothing to do with your position or seniority in the company. You hear the phrase the company’s leadership, referring to the most senior positions. However, that is all it is, a senior position. Leadership does not happen with a title or certain pay grade.
Leadership is not management or being charismatic. If you have a group of people or a profit and loss statement you are responsible for, hopefully you are a good manager. Managers need to plan, oversee, solve problems, hire, fire and so many other things. Usually, managers manage things while leaders lead people. You can be a leader in your place of worship, your neighborhood, your family, or place of work without the title.
What is leadership? It can mean different things to different people. Here are some famous people and their definition of leadership.
Peter Drucker: “The only definition of a leader is someone who has followers.”
Warren Bennis: “Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality.”
Bill Gates: “As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others.”
John Maxwell: “Leadership is influence – nothing more, nothing less.”
We are going to use this definition of leadership. Leadership is a process of influencing which maximizes the efforts of others, towards the achievement of a goal. An effective leader is a person who creates an inspiring vision, motivates people to engage with that vision, manage delivery of that vision and coaches people so they achieve that vision.
Your first step is creating an inspiring vision of the future. In our line of work, it is a realistic, compelling, and appealing portrayal of where you want to be in the future. The vision will provide direction, set priorities, and provide timelines. When creating a vision, a leader will focus on the strengths of the team. Your team will consist of you and everyone around you that helps you get to that vision. It could be your actual internal team, your business partners, and former clients. You will analyze the current situation and see how the industry is likely to evolve and how all your competitors behave. Leadership is proactive, you are always looking ahead, problem solving, and not satisfied with status quo.
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