What does leadership look like to you?

I was a bit disappointed by Webster’s definition of Leadership – a position as a leader of a group, organization, etc.; the time when a person holds a position of a leader; the power or ability to lead other people.

At least that third iteration was getting closer, but I was always taught not to use the word in the definition. That’s not the real reason I dislike Webster’s definition. The real reason is because each iteration seems to hint that leadership is claimed according to a position held.

Prince John CartoonThink about this for a second… is leadership something that can be obtained simply through a title or seniority?

Years of experience. Not what you know but who you know. Climbing the ladder. Does that equal leadership?

Don’t get me wrong… respecting your organization’s hierarchy is important. That’s how decisions need to be made. But what does leadership really look like?

To me… leadership is not something that can be claimed by someone who was hired into a senior position or by someone who has been somewhere the longest. Leadership is obtained by individuals who show passion, a love for learning, fearlessness, and who value the educated opinions of those on their team.

What does leadership look like to you? I’d love to get your opinions. Leave a comment or shoot them at me on Twitter.

Or… you can join in on #MillennialChat tomorrow at 11am EST. We are talking all about leadership!!