How many books on leadership are sitting on your bookshelf right now? At a glance, I have more than thirty. I have mulled over each one, looking for something original regarding the key components of great leadership. Almost all of these books have given me something new and fresh to consider, which is so important for a leader to continue to learn and grow.
However, it is often easy to move away from the fundamentals of strong leadership and be distracted by the latest theory or angle on leadership. The result? People, who have the passion and potential to be admirable leaders, are preoccupied and unfocused by the newest leadership method. Inevitably, the outcome of this reactive state is that these talented individuals are essentially chasing leadership, instead of practicing leadership.
So how do you stop chasing leadership? By getting back to the basics and seizing the opportunity to intentionally be the person on the outside that you are on the inside, your whole self. But how do you do this?
At the core leadership is about being true to yourself. Stop chasing leadership, as it’s defined by others, and instead focus your efforts on identifying your values, committing to showing up in an authentic way, and genuinely expressing what is important to you, your team, and your organization.