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Tuesday, 27 August 2013 03:42

Leadership Quote 27: The main function of leadership

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Leadership Quote 27

Is the main function of a leader to produce more leaders?

A recent post on LinkedIn questioned this premise - stating that everyone could be a leader if they were a 'thought leader' or if people followed their ideas. My response is that if a function of leadership is to produce more leaders, then one of the actions of leaders is to be able to positively influence others. I think of leadership as a series of levels, each requiring more ffort than the one below it.

1. First lead yourself

2. Influence others

3. Lead others (followers)

4. Develop leaders

5. Develop and grow leaders who grow leaders themselves

All of the levels require a form of leadership. As you make your way from level 1 to 5, the number of people you positively influence greatly increases. Creating more leaders results in more people taking responsibility for their own actions, rather than expecting the leader to make decisions for them.


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