Your Turn: What Does Leadership Mean to You?

Throughout the month of August, we’ll be encouraging you to share more of your perspectives on various topics. Earlier this year, we began a series called “Your Turn,” where I turn the tables and ask readers to do the talking. We have really enjoyed the conversations it has sparked and are hoping to build on that over the next few weeks.

A colleague of mine, Sandy Ewing recently wrote a guest blog, From the Panel to the People: Conversations About Leadership. In it, she described a leadership summit she participated in, and how the conversation from that event on “the 5 inner dimensions of leadership” is continuing inside SEI.

It got me thinking: Leadership can mean so many different things to so many people. Have we ever truly stopped and defined it, honestly, for ourselves?

I’ll tell you what leadership means to me:

  • It’s a verb, not a noun
  • It’s action, not title
  • It’s about influence, not power
  • It’s listening, not talking
  • It’s questions, not answers

Leadership is personal and takes constant practice. The best leaders are constant learners and embrace the fact that they can always improve.

Now it’s your turn. What does leadership mean to you? Comment below – I will be watching and responding.

I look forward to this conversation.