February 20, 2012

Leadership is personal

Exploring the literature on leadership theories and on leadership in general the more I am convinced that leadership is a personal matter in the first place. So, if you want to become an effective leader, in case you aren't, you need to understand the need for change. And it's you, no-one else, that can do this for you. Of course, friends, collegues, team mates, family, consultants and so on can tell you some areas for improvements (as we call them here in WMG), but if you don't realize that you can improve your skills, nothing will change.

Each one is the leader of oneself. In this respect, we determine our path to a great extent. In practice that means that we are responsible for many things that we may not realize. Accordingly, when we will be in leadership positions, we will determine the luck of a department, its people and even the luck of an entire company. Thus, if we aren't the effective leaders that the circumstances will demand, it's never too late to become one. Only, if we realize that leadership is personal and the change starts from inside us.

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  1. Mohammad Waseem Sandouk

    I think Leadership originated from the individual as you said but then it is unwillingly effected by all kinds of factors from the inner and outer environment, for this I have to say Leadership is not ‘just’ personal, although a big part of it is, but rather situational; imho situational leadership theory is the starting point for understanding and effectively enhancing one’s leadership style.
    that said, I have to give it to you; you seem to be touching on the core of leadership in this reflection. Keep the good work :)

    21 Feb 2012, 17:16

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