Demanding Leaders vs. Nurturing Leaders

In my Monday series of favorite posts, here is another high-traffic post.

Respect

There is a wonderful framing of true leadership skills in the blog post at The Practice of Leadership titled Are You a Leader or Just a Boss?  Here’s a quote from the post: Just having a title does not make you a leader, leadership is about influence. Title only buys you time to exercise true leadership, and in this time your leadership either increases or diminishes and eventually fails. There is a huge difference between being a boss and being a leader…

The Transformational Leader leads from personal influence, not the power of position. It’s more difficult and somewhat threatening for a leader to be vulnerable by being authentic, however, this style of leadership inspires others to model authenticity, as well. Creating strong leaders makes the Transformational Leader more effective. The power is shared. Even though the leader is ultimately the guide for the vision, it is with nurture, and not force.

If you look at yourself in the mirror, do you see a person whom you would allow to lead you?

Hugh Ballou
The Transformational Leadership Strategist