“The function of leadership is to produce more leaders,
not more followers.”
— Ralph Nader
We define leadership as a willingness to influence your world and be influenced by your world. It is a way of being in the world, not a role or title. Therefore, great leaders nurture the leadership of others.
Sometimes when we talk about the importance of leadership and of claiming your power, people get concerned that power and leadership are often steeped in control and hierarchy. But leadership and power are not intrinsically related to control and hierarchy. People who value control and hierarchy as a way to live in the world will bring them to everything they do, including their leadership and their power.
But for most of us, leadership and having our personal power is about being active and independent—it is how we create a world that truly matters to us and to the people we love.
Your leadership is important in every aspect of your life:
- in your relationships,
- with family and friends,
- around your personal health,
- in meetings with your doctors,
- in conversations with service professionals,
- in your work and career,
- in your community,
- and as a citizen of Planet Earth.
We want everyone to stand in their leadership, not to amass followers, but to enhance the leadership in others—to create the greatest good for the greatest number of people.
Take some time this week to encourage the leadership of those around you and let us know how it goes!
See you next week,
Your Coaches at Carpenter Smith Consulting