Leadership boils down to what we do, not the results of a spiritual gifts assessment or Myers-Briggs survey. These are good tools to help evaluate an individual and their leadership “potential,” but they do not tell us whether or not a person is great at leadership. Going to school, no matter how advanced the degree(s) or prestigious the school, doesn’t make a person a great leader.
Truly great leadership is about putting others first with your actions. It’s about creating a culture that treats people with respect and encourages them to take risks. It’s about creating a culture that fundamentally supports the actions of people, success or failure.
As I saw recently on the back of a church van, “Less talk, more walk!” I loved it!
What are the fundamentals of great leadership?
Over the past few years I’ve put my thoughts on the fundamentals of great leadership in writing. Here’s a list of links to those posts. Read, consider, and comment. I’m interested in hearing what you think about these fundamentals and what you might add to the list.
- Don’t Play the Blame Game
- Be Optimistic
- Developing Infrastructure is Critical
- Eliminate Fear from the Organization
- “They” is We
- Lead From the Front
Can you think of a number 9 or 10? I’m interested in your comments. If you have something to add post a comment!