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LEADERSHIP IS A PROCESS OF SOCIAL INFLUENCE, WHICH MAXIMISES THE EFFORTS OF OTHERS TOWARDS THE ACHIEVEMENT OF A SHARED GOAL.
Thursday, September 13, 2012
The greatest leaders we know were driven in their overall work - and in their times of greatest challenge - by faith. For some their faith was religious. Others described their faith as spiritual. We call it "faith" because this mindset runs heavily against the grain of conventional wisdom. Conventional wisdom says two things: (1) Winning is what matters. Defeat is defeat. And if you've tried so hard and lost, you deserve to feel awful (maybe for the rest of your life). (2) Take care of your own self.
Yet in the faith we are talking about, leaders show up with two essential qualities:
First, the results of the past don't matter. They put themselves whole-heartedly into the new moment they're in. Indeed, it's this capacity and commitment to keep working, playing, fighting - even when they've lost badly - that doesn't just prove, but builds and solidifies their character. Second, this faith clearly says: It's just not all about me. In the times that are hardest, these great leaders lead for others.