- In my long healthcare management career I worked for many leaders, some good and some not so good.
- During my career I have been in leadership positions.
- I studied leadership for my dissertation when I did my MA Management (Health Care) in the mid 1990's.
- I have maintained my interest in leadership and it is a topic that fascinates me and many other people.
- In the last 30 years I have seen many wordy and academic definitions of leadership. All of them are, no doubt, very worthy.
However I like simplicity and a couple of years ago, in conversation with my good friend Brian Ward from Edmonton, Canada, Brian came up with a wonderful definition that has stayed with me. Whenever I think about Brian’s definition it re-assures me that simplicity really is the key.
Brian said ‘Leadership is a decision.’
Isn’t that neat? – The most economic use of words that says it all.
I think what Brian means is that we all have a choice about leadership. We can try and ‘take control’ of things or allow things ‘to be done to us.’
Any aspiring leader would, in my opinion, do well to consider Brian’s wise words carefully. We can all learn a lot through reading books about leadership but in the final analysis leadership comes from within. Some people choose the road of taking control and others do not.
‘Leadership is a decision’ – I love it – thank you Brian.
Brian and his partner Judy Worrell run Affinity Consulting in Canada and his new Website is well worth a visit – click here