We have learned the alphabet through many venues. Some of these venues were at home with our parents, at school, or while watching educational shows such as Sesame Street, School House Rock or our purple friend Barney.
When we evaluate ourselves as leaders and as people, I think we spend too much time focusing on the extraordinary days in our lives.
As you may have heard, there is a new kind of business model that is centered around building better company structures, social enterprises and corporate policies. It is a model that allows environmentally conscious businesses that place a high priority on their people and community to label their activities and brand their values.
As many of you know, my focus of research for the last three to four years has centered on toxic, unethical, abusive, and narcissistic leadership.
Leadership is filled with ups and downs.
It has been the “accidental teachers” in my life who have passed on some of the most transformative lessons.
Leadership requires a complex collection of many attributes that include follower-desired personality traits, communication skills, leadership skills, and teaching ability, to name a few.
Businesses have changed a great deal over the years, with previous structures and conventions often being discarded for new and better approaches.
How many times do we attend a leadership development course and become aware of new information, new tools, or learn new ways of addressing an issue and then return to our work place to only fall back into the old same habits?
I once heard that Khalil Gibran defined leadership as the ability for one to self-direct in order to lead others.