The Four Essential Strokes You Need To Be A Great Player.
Back when I was a software entrepreneur, I used to run a daylong leadership development workshop for my employees.
My objective was to pull together all the insights about leadership I’d gained in my years of business into a hard-hitting, cohesive, and interactive day.
I was pointedly trying to transform the participants, and give them a framework for becoming the best leaders they could be—something they would really use, and not just put on their shelves like the last management seminar they attended.
A Definition That Really Works
I used to start the workshop by going around the room and asking each person to give me his/her definition of “leadership” and writing it down on a whiteboard. When we got done we’d have a whole bunch of words and phases associated with leadership, but no cohesive definition.
Then I would say, okay, none of these phrases are wrong, but let me give you my own definition of leadership—a definition that is deceptively simple, yet quite powerful (if fully understood) in helping one become a great leader. Here it is:
"A leader is someone who figures out the right things and makes them happen."
Why is this definition so powerful? Well, because:
It has nothing to do with position, title, or power.Anyone can be a leader in any job.