Earlier this year, I attended the Tobias Leadership Conference sponsored by the Randall L. Tobias Center for Leadership Excellence housed at Indiana University. This excellent conference explored leadership in a range of different contexts, encompassing leadership in business, government, education, medical, non-profit, and other communities.
As I listened to presenters discussing various perspectives on theoretical and practical leadership principles, several key questions emerged for me:
- What role does each one of us play as a leader?
- Are we stepping up and into that role?
- If not, why not?
I believe that each one of us is a leader. We may not have an official title or the “look and feel” of a stereotypical leader, but at a minimum, we lead ourselves each day. We make choices about how we’re going to “show up” in the world and therefore how others will interact with us, whether they’ll “follow our lead.” Acts of leadership are as simple as how we choose to greet the barista at the espresso stand, whether we choose to give up our seat on the bus for an elderly person, and whether we choose to treat co-workers respectfully.
What personal leadership choices will you make today?