Recently I posted a question to a LinkedIn Human Resource group, asking for people to “Define Leadership in 1 Word”. After 1 month, we received 1,130 comments! Yes, I read every one of them and have summarized in 14 single words the definition leadership. However, when you put these words together, when you team them up the results are amazing.
The common traits of all the above terms; they require a form of action and have more impact when put together. Influential people appear to be viewed as the most common leader, but being charismatic and a visionary go a long way to gaining momentum when you are leading an organization, group or team.
One of my favorite responses was “Rebel“. Sometimes a leader has to be a cowboy or rebel and put themselves outside of the norm, make sacrifices and achieve results! Following the pack may keep you in a job, but to really inspire, you must be determined, creative and passionate! A leader will serve and motivate others through natural displays of humility! This will be the key to gaining the trust of others!
1,130 words, summarized in 14 terms and strung together for a definition of leadership!