Comment on Leadership
Trotman, Sarah, New Zealand Management
While it is possible to easily recognise a leader, it is much harder to articulate what a leader is. They are, of course, someone with clarity in their vision and a passionate commitment to that vision that inspires others to want to be a part of their grand plan. They are compassionate, resilient and have an impatience around seeing their vision implemented.
In my view, a great leader is someone who is fortunate enough to have an understanding of who they are--a strong sense of self. They are able to look outside themselves and see a world where they can make a difference: not because someone they want to impress is watching but because they really care about making the world a better place.
Great leadership is not about being inspirational and supportive because there is something in it for you. It's about being inspirational and supportive full stop. It's unconditional.
I don't mind admitting that this is much much harder to practise than say. But I know from experience that when you give out unconditionally the rewards are far greater than when you give out in an effort to gain in some way.
Some of the most profound learnings and experiences in my life came out of a beautiful friendship that I built up with a man who most would call a down and outer--one of those blokes that you would often see walking the streets with a bottle of gin in each pocket and hope like heck that he wouldn't ask you for a fiver or sing to you.
Life had dealt my friend Brendan some very tough blows and life had won. One of the things I learned from Brendan was the importance of realising that luck does have a lot to do with it.
Who am I to have been born into a family that supported, loved and nurtured me? A family that gave me the foundations upon which to build a great life. …