Today as I write this, Julia Gillard has announced a leadership spill for the Leadership of the ALP Government. The vote will decide who will be Prime Minister and take the party to the next election.
It has got me contemplating what a leader is. I saw this great video sent to me by my good friend and mentor Marty Morris.
This is a great explanation of why leadership is not always what we think it is. Lots of people are under the impression that leadership is how tough you are in a physical sense, being a bully or someone who bosses others around without any consideration for others.
Leadership is far from this perception. A true leader leads by example or in other words treats others with the respect they would expect themselves. Leaders do not think they are the font of all knowledge. There skill set includes the realisation that others may have more knowledge and skill themselves. A leader brings together people with different skill sets to achieve a shared goal or vision.
As with the video above the leader sparks imagination and shows the way for others to go. The lead dancer had to face the possibility of ridicule and isolation from his perceived vision for the group. His persistence and passion eventually convinced someone to buy his vision. From there the whole thing snowballed until he was lost in the significance of the result. Quite inspiring!!!
Are you game enough to be a leader like this?
Social norms sometimes stifle our desire to take a chance on starting a new venture. In the end you can’t make an omelette without breaking eggs. Risk is part of the profile of the leader.
Leaders realise that innovation and imagination are the keys to extraordinary success. They also know like I described in my blog from yesterday Driven to Succeed that failure is always on the cards much as with the dancer in the video. Leaders identify issues and quickly adopt changes when new information arises.
Thinking back to Julia Gillard’s issues today and over the time of her Prime Ministership I think an analysis of all the factors that make a great leader have demonstrated that in her case she has failed most of the leadership tests on many fronts. Perhaps if she survives today, the video above might help her to find a new dance movement to improve her leadership efforts.