‘Who we are’ emerges from our role system.
There is an old saying, “in today’s world, its not what you know but whoyou know that counts.” Now lets modify it to fit the context of leadership, “in today’s world it’s not what you know that makes you a leader; it’s who you are that counts.”
I am working from the assumption that anyone writing and reading in the leadership development space has long since moved beyond the ‘either you have it or you don’t’ paradigm that sees organisational leadership as a simple ‘talent’ issue. More than likely also is acknowledgement that having a good tool kit is only one aspect of leadership and that development implies ongoing endeavors. Possibly even, systems thinking is the lens through which the issue of developing leadership is viewed.
Via donhornsby, Roy Sheneman, PhD