Leadership Needs to Be Redefined

Much has been written about Leadership in general but my goal here is to start re-writing what Leadership should really mean.

Since the early 1900’s scholars became intrigued by the concept of leadership and how leaders are made.

I’ve always been intrigued about leadership myself and understanding why some people are more natural leaders than others. In fact, I was so interested in learning more about the subject that I decided to pursue a masters degree in organizational leadership.

In a way I’m glad that I decided to pursue this degree from a small Christian university because I learned concepts of leadership from a biblical perspective that I probably won’t have learned at a more traditional university.

If I can sum up my two years of studies in this program I would do it with five simple bullets:

  • Leadership is never about you. It’s about the people you serve.
  • Always beware of the dark shadows of leadership. Always choose to lead from the bright side. (No, this is isn’t a Star Wars analogy)
  • To innovate sometimes you gotta break the rules.
  • You first need to become a great leader at home and in your communities before you can successfully lead larger groups. You also need to learn how to lead yourself!
  • The greatest leader that ever lived was Jesus Christ. Study him and you’ll know everything you’ll ever need to know about leadership.

There was a lot more I learned about leadership outside of the classroom of course during my 20+ years of experience in the workforce but we’ll save those insights for some future posts.

According to the Oxford Dictionary, Leadership is “the action of leading a group of people or an organization” or “the state or position of being a leader.

I dare to say that leadership is the quality in the human spirit that puts others above self for the greater good of all.

How would you redefine leadership?

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