The Nebulous Nature of Leadership

By M. Duvernet

Leadership has many faces, from teachers, to organizational executives, to the President of the United States, and we look up to our leaders for various reasons. One big reason is to be a part of something larger than ourselves, to find meaning and purpose within the various communities of practice; whatever the practice might be. In fact, based on some recent research by the statistical scientists at Gallup Poll, it was discovered that the likelihood of everyone getting more than one opportunity to lead during their lifetime has a 97% chance; an enormous stochastic percentage. So, why is it that it seems that fewer get a chance to lead?

It is the nebulous nature of leadership. When it comes to the definition of leadership, one could call Dorothy a leader as she headed down the yellow brick road. Meeting more characters as she went and inviting them on her journey to the Land of Oz. She led them on a mission of discovery that was deeply rooted in their sense of self. Along the way each character was put into a situation that challenged them to grow. How did Dorothy gather these followers? It was mostly due to the needs of each character; Dorothy inspired them with hope that they might find a solution to their needs at the end of the yellow brick road in the Land of Oz.

This same story has been told in many different ways since the beginning of time. What people look for in a leader depends upon their own needs. Communities of practice can focus on many different domains; religion, industry, products, services, professions, and more. According to a variety of references, academic publications and Forbes articles concerning this topic, there are three basic qualities that are inherent to good leadership.

The three basic qualities inherent to leadership are:

1)      Continual commitment to becoming more competent
2)      Comprehensive understanding of team building, and ways to maximize teams
3)      Clear understanding around the needs of the followers

These qualities cover a very board range of leaders. All of whom have one thing in common, that is the pursuit of something; happiness, success, freedom, and more. Everyone wants something, largely to feel fulfilled in some way. Part of this puzzle is acknowledging our own abilities and utilizing them to face both the personal and professional challenges presented to us.

Do you recognize your strengths and use them every day?

Upon getting to Oz, what did all the characters learn? Dorothy and her friends learned that they had the ability within themselves from the very start; they just needed a situation to challenge them and someone else to recognize the strengths they already possessed. The Wizard of Oz recognized the strengths of the Cowardly Lion, the Tin Woodsman and the Empty-headed Scarecrow and presented them with awards to commemorate their accomplishments – which increased their confidence and inspired them to change their perspective of themselves.

One thing is certain, that leadership at any level is a challenge that requires different kinds of preparation. To that point, here are seven simple insights that are fundamental to leadership.

1)      To be able to inspire, one must know how to motivate
2)      To be able to communicate, one must know the message and the audience
3)      To be able to connect on various levels, one must practice civility
4)      To be perceived as fair, one must be open minded
5)      To be able to delegate, one must know how to enable and empower others
6)      To be appreciated, one must find ways to be grateful
7)      To understand the needs of others, one must listen, listen, listen

Many of these insights are appropriate to maintaining any sort of relationship, whether it concerns friends, family, co-workers, management, or even the general public. Leadership can sometimes even be inconspicuous to its host, as Dorothy never called herself a leader, her only wish was to find her way back home. Yet, she would never have gotten caught up in that tornado if she had not run away from home to save her little dog Toto. Dorothy was compelled to make a choice about what was most important to her.

Likewise, in the rest of the story entitled “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” (published in 1900), the author; L. Frank Baum, masterfully chose three areas where the other three characters have opportunities to grow. The lion was all about the courage to believe in something and the ability to promote and honor the cause, the woodsman was tired of being cold as metal and only wanted to have a heart and be able to empathize, and the scarecrow was all about becoming knowledgeable; where he thought he had nothing but a head full of straw, he came to realize that he actually knew something. These are the same sort of desires felt by many, as it is a shared desire to make some impact on the world, to contribute in some way and feel some measure of achievement. This desire is also what drives us to lead in whatever capacity possible depending on the opportunity presented.

These possibilities are endless, and the opportunities are everywhere. It is all about the pursuit of something worthwhile; whether it is happiness, excellence, truth, courage, knowledge, or compassion, whatever it is… it is all about attaining it.

So, if leadership is all about the pursuit of happiness, then the other side of the coin must be apathy; or in the words of Shakespeare “to be, or not to be, that is the question.” Of course, happiness means different things to different people. Different perspectives foster different values. Yet, where it may seem that good leaders are hard to find, in reality they are hiding among us. For anonymity has its benefits, just like James Bond might convey, sometimes to be recognized for your abilities can work against you. Many leaders just want to go about doing good things to make sure that good things happen, they take on another persona to maintain privacy, and as masked superheroes they get no recognition or glory. So, when it comes to realizing the significance of that whooping 97% percentile, look around and know that you are surrounded by many natural born leaders.

Comments

  1. Hi there! I just wanted to ask if you ever have any problems with hackers? My last blog (wordpress) was hacked and I ended up losing a few months of hard work due to no data backup. Do you have any solutions to prevent hackers?|

    • Regarding hackers to your blog site… I use a widget called Askimet. While it is largely meant to fllter out spammers, I recommend it. Perhaps will solve part of your problem. Thanks for visiting my site and good luck.

    • Superb initrmaofon here, ol’e chap; keep burning the midnight oil.

  2. Thanks for another wonderful article. Where else could anybody get that type of info in such a perfect way of writing? I’ve a presentation next week, and I’m on the look for such information.

  3. Hiya, I’m really glad I have found this info. Nowadays bloggers publish just about gossips and web and this is actually irritating. A good blog with exciting content, that is what I need. Thanks for keeping this site, I’ll be visiting it. Do you do newsletters? Cant find it.

  4. This is very interesting, You are a very skilled blogger. I’ve joined your rss feed and look forward to seeking more of your great post. Also, I’ve shared your site in my social networks!

  5. Excellent read, I just passed this onto a colleague who was doing a little research on that. And he just bought me lunch because I found it for him smile Thus let me rephrase that: Thank you for lunch!

  6. Terrific post but I was wanting to know if you could write a litte more
    on this subject? I’d be very thankful if you could elaborate a little bit more.
    Bless you!

  7. If some one wants expert view about running a blog afterward i
    suggest him/her to pay a visit this webpage, Keep up the nice work.

  8. Hi to every one, it’s actually a nice for me to go to see
    this web site, it includes precious Information.

  9. There is certainly a lot to learn about this subject. I like all the
    points you made.

  10. Blog.Com says:

    WOW just what I was searching for. Came here by searching for android

  11. slimming World classes says:

    Very shortly this web site will be famous among all blogging viewers,
    due to it’s good articles or reviews

  12. Hello there! This post couldn’t be written any better!
    Reading through this article reminds me of my previous roommate!
    He always kept preaching about this. I’ll send this information to him.
    Fairly certain he will have a good read. Thanks for sharing!

  13. countertop design says:

    There’s definately a great deal to find out about
    this topic. I like all of the points you’ve made.

  14. stiebel eltron tempra tankless electric water heater says:

    Hi there, You’ve done an excellent job. I will certainly digg it and personally suggest to my friends.
    I am sure they’ll be benefited from this web site.

  15. bathroom renovations north shore says:

    My developer is trying to convince me to move to .
    net from PHP. I have always disliked the idea because of the expenses.
    But he’s tryiong none the less. I’ve been using Movable-type on
    a number of websites for about a year and am nervous about switching to another platform.
    I have heard fantastic things about blogengine.net. Is there a way I can import all my wordpress posts
    into it? Any help would be really appreciated!

  16. candidate dental says:

    I know this website offers quality based content and other data, is there any other site which gives such information in quality?

    • There are a lot of good quality bloggers out there…just keep on surfing! Another big wave could be on its way!!!

  17. http://www.perrysplate.com/ says:

    I have been browsing on-line greater than 3 hours nowadays, yet
    I never found any interesting article like yours.
    It is pretty price enough for me. In my opinion,
    if all site owners and bloggers made excellent content as you did, the internet
    shall be much more useful than ever before.

  18. May I simply just say what a relief to uncover somebody who truly knows what they are discussing
    online. You definitely realize how to bring an issue
    to light and make it important. More and more people should read this and understand
    this side of the story. I was surprised you’re not more popular since you definitely possess the gift.

  19. I am truly grateful to the owner of this site who has shared this fantastic paragraph at here.

  20. I tend not to create a comment, but I read a ton of remarks on The Nebulous Nature of Leadership.
    I do have 2 questions for you if you tend not to mind. Is
    it only me or does it seem like some of these remarks appear as
    if they are coming from brain dead visitors? 😛
    And, if you are writing at additional social sites,
    I would like to keep up with you. Would you list of every one of your social networking
    pages like your linkedin profile, Facebook page or twitter feed?

    • The depth and breadth of human understanding and need for knowledge is a personal journey. I believe in tolerance and that everyone needs to have a voice. Some other bloggers have asked if they can use my articles – spreading the word is what it is all about. I do not post articles any where else. This is my only blogging space. I will begin to post again soon. Your term “brain dead” is a matter of opinion, for which you are entitled. I am hoping that my articles will cause some “Ah-ha!” moments that will generate good conversations. Thinking is a very rich part of our lives. Also, keep in mind that the “Father of the Enlightenment”, Voltaire, died a bitter old man…frustrated and furious with those who sought to impose thoughts on others…so now, over two hundred years after his death, in this day and age, with the Internet, everyone can find out what they want and need to know, when they seek to know it. I just had the social media buttons installed on my blog – I have the various LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter feeds. Thanks for your comment.

  21. I know this website presents quality based articles
    and extra information, is there any other site which offers
    such information in quality?

  22. Write more, thats all I have to say. Literally, it seems as though
    you relied on the video to make your point.

    You definitely know what youre talking about, why throw away your intelligence on just posting
    videos to your site when you could be giving us something informative to read?

  23. Hello to every one, it’s really a fastidious for me to pay a visit this website, it includes helpful Information.

  24. I simply want to say I’m all new to blogs and absolutely liked this web blog. Almost certainly I’m going to bookmark your site . You surely come with excellent writings. Appreciate it for revealing your blog site.

  25. I savour, lead to I discovered just what I was having a look for. You have ended my 4 day lengthy hunt! God Bless you man. Have a great day. Bye

  26. Thanks ! Super Post !!

  27. Hey! I’m at work surfing around your blog from my new apple iphone! Just wanted to say I love reading through your blog and look forward to all your posts! Carry on the excellent work!

Leave a Reply to buy dmt Cancel reply

*