Two Sides of the Leadership Coin
New year, new decade, let’s hope we can consign the hairy elements of 2009 to the noughties. In the meantime, talking leadership is where it’s at (in this section, at any rate). Thought as a starting blog for 2010, I’d explore two elements of Leadership – self-leadership and organisational leadership – which we can then mull over in more detail in further blogs.
As I see it, Self-Leadership covers both how we manage ourselves and how we present ourselves to others. Presenting our ideas and influencing others to adopt them is vital to the success of a leader; but what elements are necessary within an individual to culminate in being a successful leader? Authentic Leadership (see previous blog for more on this topic) is one element but what are the others?
Organisational Leadership deals with looking at the organisation’s future and positioning it to be able to survive, evolve and grow, long-term. Enabling long-term survival and growth necessarily includes managing the short- and medium-term. So, what skills are needed to be able to successfully lead an organisation?
As I see it, these topics are two sides of the same leadership coin. Leaders need a sense of where they’re going and then, they need to bring others along with them. Over the next few blogs, I’ll explore the two sides in more detail. In the meantime, what skills and qualities do you admire in the people you consider leaders?