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There are so many different definitions of leadership. As example – the Oxford dictionary defines leadership as „The action of leading a group of people or an organization, or the ability to do this.”
In Wikipedia “leadership has been described as “a process of social influence in which one person can enlist the aid and support of others in the accomplishment of a common task”. For example, some understand a leader simply as somebody whom people follow, or as somebody who guides or directs others while others define leadership as “organizing a group of people to achieve a common goal”.”
Daniel Goleman defines Leadership as “Executing a vision by motivating, guiding, inspiring, listening, persuading and creating resonance”
I am confident that leadership starts from within. It starts with your own leadership mindset. Leadership mindset is seing opportunities, taking ownership of solutions and inspiring yourself and people around you to take an action towards achieving aspirable goals that lead to acomplishing purpose and striving towards vision. Leadership mindset initiates in your thinking habits, in your believes and ability to take accountability for solutions and actions.
You can only motivate, guide, inspire and influence others to accomplish something if you can influence yourself to accomplish what is meaningful for you and people around. If you can motivate, inspire, persuade yourself to do something inspirational and meaningful day in, day out.
To do that, you need a Leadership Mindset, that is build by the following:
- Strong Self Awareness.
Awareness of your values, talents, strengths and weaknesses. Awareness of your passion. Listening to your heart and what is important to you. Taking time to think and reflect. Be cristal clear on what is meaningful for you and what do you want in life.
- Vision and different perspective to strive for it
Vision is the ability to see things as they could be instead of as they are now. Every product, every business, every scientific discovery that exists today was at some time in history “impossible.” It took someone with a different perspective to see, believe and create it. Leadership mindset is incouraged by innovation and different perspective.
- Passion, inspiration and commitment
Passion is the force which turns ideas into action, and dreams into reality. With your enthusiasm, passion and commitment you thrive to achieve your vision. What ideas inspire you? What are you doing to implement them? How excited you are doing it? How do you keep your commitment and energy levels to achieve result? How do you engage people round you to contribute and drive it forward?
- Courage to take risks
Some people have great aspirations, but fear of being wrong stops them from taking action and commiting to achieve the outcomes, so they don’t act on their ideas. Having great aspirations is not enough. You must take risks to succeed. Have a courage to admit your mistakes and learn from them. Learn to improve constantly. Make clear decisions on improvement and take further action.
- Measure results and go beyond
Take time to reflect – How is this working? How am I doing? What have I learned? How have I inspired and enthused others for leadership mindset? How have I communicated clearly to engage people around me? It starts with the leadership from within, but it shall go beyond. It shall go beyond your mindset and inspire others for developing leadership mindset. To enthuse and passionate people around you to live even more inspirational and fulfilled life and share it forward.
In conclusion – there are many different definitions of leadership. I am confident that leadership starts from within – with your leadership mindset.