I am going to start in on this topic and see what it evolves into.
Way back when I was involved in a start-up it seemed a good idea to start looking into this strange thing that we might call leadership. So, I read around, a lot. There are many different types of leadership and even though I am not currently doing anything I still have some latent leadership potential. One of the oft cited aspects of leadership is reflective learning, that is one must reflect on what goes on in order to understand better and evolve. My strengths lie perhaps in strategy development and short bursts of leadership, they are also in the area of breaking new ground. They most definitely are not in the area of organisational leadership, principally because I lack the interest in and skill for, socio-political conniving. I am not extrovert and have a dislike for chit-chat and bullshitting. I cannot be bothered with the maintenance of large networks. What I can do is focus. There is still a part of me which might encourage people to head off into the unknown and do crazy shit. I am not afraid of looking stupid and will go, to an extent, where angels fear to tread. This can encourage others so to do.
At the moment because of many factors, I am discouraged, no demotivated is a better word.
I have started up quite a number of things and introduced some novelty. Beginnings are more interesting than endings and repetition is a bit tiring. My numerology suggests that my final pinnacle is a one, which is the prow of the boat, so that being true I will of necessity come up against this notion of leadership. I am still trying to figure out what to do with the remainder of my earthly sojourn.
Leadership is distinct from management though the two are often mistaken. In my mind the leader is point, they go first and set the tone. They break the ice. Others bring people together and are cohesive. I think that I am probably at the exploratory end rather than the social-cohesion end. Only an idiot would write a business plan and then go and seek big bucks venture capital funding.
A strange thing this notion of leadership.
Having cued this up:
What leadership qualities do you have?
In what ways and under which circumstances have you provided a lead?
What does leadership mean to you?