There has been much written about 'authentic' leadership, 'transformational leadership', 'quiet leadership'... the list goes on.
This article gets to the root of what is different about leadership. It's about 'being' not 'doing'. This 'being' requires the leader to be fallible, vulnerable and to not have the right answers. It requires them to be real.
How real are you as a leader? Do you understand your purpose and how it aligns to that of your organisation? Without that knowledge, it'll be hard to be the true leader that you have the potential of being.
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When leaders empower people through a higher purpose, they don’t have to “create buy-in” or use other marketing tactics to win over their followers. Leaders who do find themselves acting something like a pusher — resorting to perks, tit-for-tats, and bonuses — might want to ask themselves if they’re missing some larger point. A leader isn’t a salesman. When Steve Jobs asked John Sculley his famous question, “Do you really want to spend your life selling sugared water, or do you want a chance to change the world?” he was making just such a distinction. Selling sugared water might make you a few bucks — but only at the cost of doing something that matters. The purpose of a leader is to create a purpose.