Leadership is a word we hear a lot in college. We are always told to be leaders. That is a rather vague statement. Leaders of what? Who are we supposed to lead?
Leadership is a difficult term to define. Well, we are told to be servant-leaders in our Walsh University mission statement, but what does that mean? How many more types of leadership are there?
The Google dictionary’s definition of leadership:
The action on leading a group of people or an organization
The state or position of being a leader
The leaders of an organization, country, etc.
When I read the middle phrase I literally laughed out loud. They are defining ‘leadership’ as being a leader.’ That is extremely helpful, thank you Google.
Here is how I define leadership (summarized):
You are all leaders by being on this campus and living out your personal values. No matter what you do, you are a leader because you lead by example. No matter who you are, you have someone looking up to you. It could be a sibling, a friend, a child, even your parents. The decisions you make should be ones of integrity because someone is always watching.
That is one aspect of servant leadership; leading by example. The other aspect is to serve. Be someone who serves others and help them grow. That is how a true leader acts. Leadership can be defined as one’s being.
“Leadership is a matter of how to be, not how to act.” – Francis Hesselbein
Leadership is about who you are. It is how you express your values to the world. Understand yourself before you attempt to influence others’ decisions. Be the light others need to see to advance.
Everyone has his or her own view of leadership. Just remember to always lead by example and serve. That is the best definition and advice I can offer.
Have a great week and stay classy!