The Leadership Conundrum

Leadership today is defined by many and practiced by very few, leadership is obtainable by everyone in our linear way to move people through promotions and development.  We still live in a world where all paths and all people are going to be developed into leaders.   There in itself lies the conundrum; very few people should follow this path, yet everyone gets a try.


There are of course, some organizations that have no official leaders; everyone is just responsible for himself or herself.  Is this the right way?  Is this a sustainable 21stcentury model?  We will have to wait and see…


For the majority of companies and the majority of people, Leadership titles are handed out when you are really successful in your current role, whether that be sales, account management, production, to name a few.  Then one day your boss sees your success and makes you a leader!    Awesome right?  Not really….  For most people that get promoted in this manner, Leadership isn’t really for them. What makes you successful in one area does not guarantee your success in another.


So let’s take a closer look at Leadership.  Here are just a few qualities that we at LeadersWay and the Wolfe Packs believe about Leadership:


  1. Believing in Humanity
  2. You have to be willing to put the best interest of the people above your own self interest
  3. Constant and persistent personal and professional development
  4. Compassion
  5. Persistent consistency


Albeit these may seem foundational and fundamental to some, but if that was the case, I would not have a job.


So why in the 21stcentury are we still practicing 20thcentury Leadership? I ask my self this question everyday! Have we just become lazy on developing other creative ways to promote and engage people?  And this old school thinking is just what we default too? (stay tuned on a article on default thinking)  In any case, Leadership today is different from the Leadership of yesterday! Sustainable success will rely on what Leader you choose to be?