Leadership has become a standardized approach to the operation of an organization. As I listen to people describe the function of leadership in their organization, it is often difficult to identify the values that inform what leadership means. It is much easier to identify the cultural practices that cause leadership to be ineffective.
“I did a bad job.”This is how Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens described his performance after the Celtics were eliminated by the Milwaukee Bucks in the second round of the 2019 NBA playoffs.When was the last time you heard a prominent business or political leader make this claim? Leaders may acknowledge that there are problems and challenges for their organization. It is rare to hear someone own the failure of their performance like Stevens.
A new stage of life can come from an awakening of our self-understanding. We begin to see ourselves differently and clearly. The result is that we may have to make a change in one or more areas of our life.
To be a person of impact first requires the desire to be a person who lives a particular kind of life. A life where a difference is being made that matters beyond just what people think of you. It is not about being impressive or becoming a celebrity. It is about the change that is created through how one speaks, thinks, acts and relates to people.
The more a human community of leaders of impact can be formed, the greater opportunities for solving problems and making a difference are presented to us.