Putting on the Leadership Suit

Many organizations use the term leader when defining certain management positions. However, a title does not make a leader.

My Grandpa Jaime used to say, “You can put a suit on a bum, but he is still a bum.” One may put the title leader on a person, but he or she may or may not be a leader.

Most definitions of leadership have one over-arching similarity, vision. Creating vision and motivating followers toward the vision is the fundamental foundation of leadership. If there is no place to lead (vision) and no one to follow, then leadership is absent.

I define leadership as the act of inspiring and motivating others toward a vision. I don’t believe it needs to be any more complicated than that.

How do you define leadership? Remember to share your thoughts below!

With love and leadership,

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