I can’t remember where I read this (so please excuse that I haven’t put a reference – and please let me know if they are your words) but, I think the following quote sums up the spirit of leadership beautifully…
“A leader’s role is greatly diminished without their team. No one can do everything by themselves, and no one knows everything. It’s so important to inspire, motivate and empower your team to become the very best version of themselves.
Bring out that greatness in your team by challenging their assumptions of what they can accomplish. Everyone has a gift trapped inside them. Everyone has something special in them; all it requires is someone to help them believe that anything is possible when you believe in yourself.
That’s leadership; that’s what leaders do. You are privileged to be in a position where you can direct, shape, and focus someone’s potential on a specific result. When you are given the responsibility to lead, you are given an awesome opportunity to influence many people’s lives positively; a responsibility you should never take for granted”
I couldn’t resist ‘Spirit’ as my word of the week. On my recent trip to Return to Freedom, Wild Horse Sanctuary in California, I met a true legend. The actual stallion, Spirit, on whom Dreamworks animators based the movie character. Even at 27 years old (that’s quite old for a horse), he’s still a real stunner with an undeniable presence. He is “the Spirit that could not be broken”, as it says at the conclusion of the movie.
I would love to hear how you embody the spirit of leadership?