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Influence vs. Fear
Leadership is more than a position, it’s really about influence. Positional leadership is the lowest level of leadership. Unfortunately, in my opinion, that’s where most leaders are. They believe they are leading by telling everyone over and over that they’re the boss, which may be needed at times. True leaders should strive to lead by influence, which means people follow because they want to, not because they have to. In that type of leadership, they respect the person and the position, and not out of fear. Positional leaders tend to be very insecure and micro-manage. An influential leader understands some basic leadership principles and one of them is that more responsibility means more privilege, especially if you don’t stifle creativity, and the incentive for that person to perform. Positional leaders end up having more issues with themselves and their own shortcomings become clear to everyone else except them. Let’s strive to become leaders by influence by being honest and sincere in our dealings. We should be hard workers, smart leaders and people of integrity.
Just a Thought,
Published on Sunday, April 22, 2012 @ 2:14 PM MDT
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