What is Leadership?. Leadership – Key Points. Leadership in Simple Terms Leader Characteristics Qualities of Leadership Leadership as Empowerment The Leadership Role The Ingredients of a Successful Leader What is Successful Leadership The Lombardi Leadership Model (2001).
“Self-knowledge is the basis for character... Character is the root of integrity... Integrity provides the foundation for leadership”.
What do you know about yourself as a leader?
“Leadership is the ability to direct people, more important, to have those people accept that direction”.
“Leadership that pulls together people with diverse talents, backgrounds, experiences and interests, encourages them to step up to responsibility and continued achievement, and treats them as full scale partners and contributors.
Leadership is not about memorising techniques or devising the perfect game plan. It is about really paying attention to people – really believing them, really caring about them, really involving them.”
(Peters & Austin, 1985)
How would you define leadership?
What characteristics of leadership do you have?
“Leadership is not just one quality but rather a blend of qualities”.
What leadership qualities do you have?
“A good leader inspires people to have confidence in their leader.
A great leader inspires people to have confidence in themselves”.
Current ideas on leadership involve empowering followers to self-lead.
This is important in a coach-leadership role as empowering athletes enables them to make their own decisions and self-lead during performance.
“The best leaders - people do not even notice their existence.
The next best - people honour and praise.
The next the people fear.
The next the people hate.
When the best leader’s work is done the people say ‘we did it ourselves’.”
(Lao-Tzu in Morris, Willcocks and Knasel, 2000)
To build leadership the leader has to enable participant independence so they can perform with freedom and autonomy to make informed decisions without the leader around.
“A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.”
John C. Maxwell
What other ingredients are important to be a successful leader?
Which of these leadership traits are the hardest for you?
Leadership is a combination of character and competence; of who you are and what you can do.
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