Well, I am writing things now outside the theme of this blog again….. Perhaps I should change the scope.
I have been doing leadership development in the last 2 years. At an evening drink with my uni friends, I was asked what my job really is. There was a lot of ‘friendly suspicion’ given how the word ‘leadership’ is being widely and diversely used. I said to myself I should come up an elevator pitch of what leadership is…. at least to me.
In exchanging emails with another practitioner, I think I am getting closer to the pitch. Here is an excerpt of my email:
….If I use 1 word to describe (or replace) leadership, it would be ‘consciousness’.
A good leader first needs to be conscious about self – strength, weakness, emotion, motivation, etc. It is about mobilizing self as a tool e.g. role model, vulnerability stuff. Consciousness also in the sense that a good leader helps others to be more conscious e.g. arouses what they really need but not want, do the things which they limit themselves from doing….
I am pretty happy about the pitch, and also happy to further modify it. Perhaps I need a simple example.
What do you think?