Let’s Just Stop Calling them Leaders

student groupNo matter whether your favorite issue is climate change or the Federal deficit or whether you look in the private, public, or non-profit sectors, a frequent complaint is a lack of leadership. “Where are the leaders?” I believe that one of the root causes of this perceived leadership crisis results from the rush to give so many people the title of “leader” whether or not they exhibit any actual ability to lead.

In my view, leadership is a social phenomenon that emerges between individuals. It is not a merit badge you earn once and wear forever. It doesn’t come with a positional title. If you aspire to be a leader, you have to earn it every day.

I invite you to read my full post on the Strategy+Business blog and share your thoughts: Let’s Just Stop Calling the Leaders.

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