Over the years I’ve heard a truckload of definitions of leadership – be it an academic view or a view won through real experience there are many good and many not-so-good definitions out there.
Some years ago I heard leadership defined quite uniquely. Rather than another statement, leadership was defined as a question: ‘what kind of a leader do I need to be right now?’.
A statement attempts to predict what will work tomorrow based on what worked yesterday. A question is about what is actually happening right now and being present to respond as it is.
So long as our conditioned attention is confined to what has worked in the past, we are unlikely to notice what is needed in the present – when it actually matters. Great leadership is of-the-moment and has little or nothing to do with the past.
Question: What kind of a leader do I need to be right now, in this situation, with these people, with this problem?