Is Leadership as Simple as a Yes or No?

After years of exposure, knowledge and growth I have come to a personal conclusion that the concept of “leadership” is not as simple as a ‘yes’or ‘no’ question. We all know of the question, “Are you a leader?” or “Would you consider yourself a leader?” but to be completely honest I don’t think I could answer this question by simply saying ‘yes’ or ‘no’.

The most powerful leadership tool you have is your own personal example.”

-John Wooden

Every individual in the world has the potential to be a leader in their own personal way, and no leadership style is exactly the same in every situation. There are so many different leadership styles that many people don’t see themselves as a leader because they don’t realize that all it takes to be a leader is to inspire someone else, or initiate positivity. Some examples of leadership styles that I have exposed to are- visionary, servant, facilitative, organizational,  and charismatic. Not one leadership style is necessarily better than another, it all depends on the situation and the individuals affected.

Leadership is not something you can do on your own. But it is something that society has made bigger than what we have ever imagined, but people don’t realize that there are little things you can do everyday to be a leader. I truly believe that Drew Dudley said it best in his TED Talk. Everyone is extraordinary, it is just a matter of finding themselves before they realize all of their potential. So many people have had a lollipop moment, a moment that they have made a positive impact on another individual without even realizing it.

“Our greatest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our greatest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure, it is our light and not our darkness that frightens us”

-Mary Ann Williamson

Leadership has so much going into the general idea, but it is not simple enough to be able to explain in a yes or no question. Goals, support, success, contribution, teamwork, motivation, values, passion, education, so many things go into one general but powerful idea. But why make it so powerful when everyone’s understanding of it could have an ever-so-minute difference? Think about it, is leadership important to you? Are you a leader? Is leadership a yes or no question? Try answering those questions with only a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ answer and not explaining yourself. It is harder than you think.




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