What is Leadership? Day Two

This week we’re looking at the question: What is leadership? In today’s flash briefing we will look at: What author Kevin Kruse says about what leadership is and identify an area where you could intentionally maximize.

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Welcome to the leading with nice daily. I’m Mathieu Yuill. This week we’re looking at the question, what is leadership? Today I want to share some thoughts from an author and CEO of lead X life Kevin Cruz. Back in 2013 he wrote an article where he defined leadership and outlined to five key elements of what he thought leadership is. He says leadership is a process of social influence which maximizes the efforts of others towards the achievement of a goal is five key elements of this definition are one, leadership stems from social influence, not authority or power. Two, leadership requires others and that implies they don’t need to be direct reports. Three, no mention of personality traits, attributes, or even a title. There are many styles, many paths to effective leadership. Four, It includes a goal not influenced with no intended outcome and five, inclusion of maximizes the efforts. He would say social influence alone stops short of true leadership because the leader could use social influence to organize a group of people to climb a Hill for example, but a true leader would seek to maximize their efforts.

Cruz wrote, the leader might say something like this, Hey, see that Hill? Let’s see how fast we can get to the top and all by the first round for anyone who can beat me up there. Here’s your action for today. Identify one area where you’ve been leading but haven’t been intentional about maximizing the efforts of those you lead. Just identify it. Tomorrow we’ll talk about what you can do with that information for more on this topic. Visit leadingwithnice.com where we want to help you inspire others, build loyalty and get results. Talk to you again tomorrow.