Leadership is a misunderstood term. It is overused to describe everything from “running an organization” or “managing people” to being on a board or council. Many people can do those things, but very few can actually “lead”. True leadership requires a complex set of skills and a great passion on the part of the leader – to get the work done through other people. It requires a huge amount of emotional intelligence, a dedication to succeed, and a willingness to keep going despite overwhelming obstacles.
I sometimes ask leaders if they have a job, a career or a calling. The very best will respond that they have a calling. Sometimes, they were intentional about finding their calling. The lucky ones either fell into it, or grew into it. In the latter case, sometimes it takes a lot of hard work to grow into it. It is much easier to remain resilient and focused (i.e., effective) as a leader if leadership is a calling.
I’ll write about the new Moore book when I get a chance to read it. In the meantime, check out this article for some inspiration: Landmarks for Leaders.