Leadership is Chocolate

Leadership. What is it? How is it defined? Two great questions. Two reasonable questions. Two thousand responses.

In my experience, the words leadership and management are used interchangeably in the workplace. In the management and leadership classes I’ve taught over the years, we define those terms differently, while recognizing that leadership is a critical part of management.

I have always believed that defining leadership as a component of management was like saying cocoa is a component of chocolate. While cocoa is the critical component in making chocolate, there is a process in taking the cocoa through critical steps before the chocolate is produced.

Such is true with leadership—critical steps for leadership development are necessary. The first steps begin with awareness.

What do you think comes next? Remember to share your thoughts below!

With the love of chocolate,

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