When I was younger, I didn't realize that one of the things I am so passionate about actually has a name - leadership. I believe that being involved in leadership is a never-ending learning experience that is not only affected by the type of person that you are, but is also something that helps to shape who you are. While sitting here, preparing to write a post about leadership, I've noticed that there isn't really a whole lot that I've actually learned on the topic; but, my different experiences have helped me to gain a little bit of knowledge that I like to consider useful.
I love the concept of leadership, but I don't necessarily define myself as a "leader". I think that is mainly due to the fact that I just don't like the word; it seems to suggest being of more importance and/or being in control of people or a situation, and that's not how I see myself at all. Instead, there are other things that I use to define leadership. More specifically, there are a few words that I think of... and I'm going to get cheesy and call this, 'Being INto Leadership' in hopes that it will help you to remember what I am about to say: interact inspire involve
In my opinion, those three words are the key to successful leadership. There is also something to consider called the 20 - 60 - 20 rule. What this tells us is that 20% of people lead in a negative way, 20% of people lead in a positive way, and 60% of people are followers. So, the goal of the people in a leadership position is to attract as many of the 'followers' as they can. Even leadership sounds like a bit of a competitive sport!
The 20 - 60 - 20 rule and the words interact, inspire, involve go hand in hand to create the formula for successful leadership. If you interact with others and they feel more connected, it's more likely that they will want to hear what you have to say. Then, you have the opportunity to inspire them. People feel good when they have a sense of connection, and throwing inspiration into the mix makes that even more powerful. Once you have succeeded in those areas, it will be more likely that the 'followers' will want to get involved. And when they do, make sure to truly involve them while continuing to interact as well as inspire. This is what enriches our lives.