3 Elements of Leadership

I recently had the opportunity to participate in a weeklong leadership conference sponsored by the Leadershape Institute (If anyone has a chance to participate in one of their workshops, go for it. It is a life changing experience). Amongst the many things I learned, three things stuck out to me the most.

Firstly, being loud and outgoing doesn’t necessarily make you a better leader. We tend to associate leadership roles with being outgoing, energetic and able to command some form of “respect.” What does this mean for those who are naturally more reserved? The introverts of society? We don’t see them as having the ‘qualities’ to lead. It is important to understand that being a leader is not about being able to bark out orders or raise your voice to get things done. To me, leadership is about having a vision and having the ability to work with others in order to achieve that vision. Being a leader is not about commanding attention by way of being ‘out there’. You can also be mellow and be a good leader. Various personality types bring different skills to the table. While some people might be able to make quick decisions and jump right into things, (not a bad thing), others might take more time to try to see the bigger picture before committing to something. (Again, this also is not a bad thing.) Personally I believe that being a leader has more to do with your values and work ethic than your personality.

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3 Elements of Leadership
I recently had the opportunity to participate in a weeklong leadership conference sponsored by the Leadershape Institute (If anyone has a chance to participate in one of their workshops, go for it. It is a life changing experience). Amongst the many things I learned, three things stuck out to me the most.

Firstly, being loud and outgoing doesn’t necessarily make you a better leader. We tend to associate leadership roles with being outgoing, energetic and able to command some form of “respect.” What does this mean for those who are naturally more reserved? The introverts of society? We don’t see them as having the ‘qualities’ to lead. It is important to understand that being a leader is not about being able to bark out orders or raise your voice to get things done. To me, leadership is about having a vision and having the ability to work with others in order to achieve that vision. Being a leader is not about commanding attention by way of being ‘out there’. You can also be mellow and be a good leader. Various personality types bring different skills to the table. While some people might be able to make quick decisions and jump right into things, (not a bad thing), others might take more time to try to see the bigger picture before committing to something. (Again, this also is not a bad thing.) Personally I believe that being a leader has more to do with your values and work ethic than your personality.
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