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I recently was presented with a quote from Malcolm Gladwell that struck me as particularly insightful. When it came my way two more times that same week from two other and completely independent sources, I figured that it was time to pay attention.
Gladwell’s words were not about leadership; however, they were easily adapted to that favorite subject and I offer my translation for great leadership herewith:
Great leadership does not succeed on the strength of its ability to persuade. It succeeds on the strength of its ability to engage you, to make you think and feel inspired, to be a part of something both greater than and worthy of you.
Did you ever have a great leader? If you did, do these words fit your experience of how you felt, how you saw things? Did that affect how you showed up, how engaged you were, whether you gave your best? My guess is that your answers are “yes” five times.
The people who look to you for leadership need that inspiring clarity from you the same way you needed it from someone else. Do something today that helps them to see that they are part of something both greater than and worthy of them.
Taking this one step further, what can you do so that you see yourself as part of something both greater than and worthy of you? Doing so will make all the difference. And, as always, you’re the leader, so you have to go first.
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