What is leadership? There have been many articles written on this subject over the centuries and still there will be more. A couple of weeks ago I was recognized for over 20 years of service with an organization. In the process, I started to think about just what leadership was and how that definition worked into how I approached each task whether I was in a leadership position or a member of a group or activity.
Part 5: Is Leadership for Everyone? Three Questions to Ask Yourself
Regardless of your present role of leadership, it is a worthy ambition to obtain more leadership responsibilities. But leadership is not for everyone. In fact, the qualifications may surprise you. They have nothing to do with your net worth, your degrees, or the number of civic clubs you belong to. Leadership isn’t something to be earned. It is recognition of maturity, proven character, and the reputation you have developed both inside and outside the organization.
If you aspire to be a leader, ask yourself:
- “How well have I managed the other responsibilities I have been entrusted with?”
- “Have I managed well my physical body, my mind, my family, my resources, my tongue, my reputation?”
- “Am I hospitable, teachable, mature, worthy of respect, self-controlled, honest in all my dealings, worthy of respect?”
If the answer to these questions is “YES”, then an expanded leadership role may be appropriate for you.
Each of these items could be defined in more depth, but that is not the intent of this discussion. My goal is to help potential leaders focus on what it is to be a good leader and develop those skills needed to make teams successful and accomplish their goals.
About Larry D. Hall
For over 20 years, Larry served as the Executive Director of Oregon DECA and Oregon FBLA-PBL including service as a National Board of Directors member from the Western Region for both organizations. He is recognized as an Honorary Life Member and mentor to many in both associations. He is known as a force for good, advancement, and multiplying leaders wherever he served. Long since retired, many of the initiatives, traditions, and lessons DECA and FBLA-PBL still have in practice today originated under his leadership in the 1980’s, 90’s and 2000’s. That’s great leadership! Email Larry at: firstname.lastname@example.org