I'm reading a terrific book called Tribes by Seth Godin. It's about leadership from the point of view of: if you have an idea, then get it out there and find others who can help you develop it. It's not about hierarchy or promotions but about finding like-minds and making a difference.
As you can tell from my blog, that's my core philosophy. I am currently focused on the concept of building personal community through mentoring and networking, but the basic principle is the same.
Leadership is everyone’s business. Leadership is more than being the person at the top of a heap (big or small). Leadership is about speaking up and speaking out about what’s working, what’s not and putting up your hand to lead the fix.
Enough folks talk to me about their discomfort or uncertainty around building a community that I started this blog. It was obvious that we needed a place to think about the questions and the effort.
I went a step further and now have a quarterly event in Toronto (post a comment if you want to get on my mailing list for that) where we meet across industries and hierachies to find connections.
I believe we can all lead - by asking questions, by challenging assumptions, by moving our frustration to solutions. And, if no solution is readily available, at least to keep the discussion and activity going.
This is the topic I'm bringing my mentors this week: how do you define leadership? I'm not looking for the tasks involved but the philosophy and bigger behaviours.