I came across the leadership visual seen below on a social media post yesterday. The visual on the left represents what some people think leadership is. The visual on the right is what good leadership really is. As I looked at both visuals, something that immediately popped into my mind is that there was something very important missing.
There is a huge difference between saying what good leadership really is and actually putting great leadership skills into action on a daily basis.
Having been in the international teaching field for over 20 years, I've seen lots of different types of leaders and leadership styles. I've seen a number of these leaders do exactly what is summarized in the left visual. Sadly, I've seen very few leaders actually put into action, with consistency, the skills outlined in the visual on the right.
There is no question that leadership can be very challenging. There are many demands placed on leaders on a daily basis and with leadership comes enormous responsibility. A person who leads or aspires to lead must never forget this. They must also hold themselves accountable for their actions.
They must be willing to reflect on their actions and assess to what extent they are leading with the empathy, compassion and integrity needed to empower those around them to be their best. They must remember that staying aligned to their core values in difficult moments and challenge is what will ultimately define them. And as the quote above states, "Leaders have to be conscious of their behavior because everyone else is."
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