What is a leader
A leader is someone who takes responsibility for their impact on the world around them. This definition means a leader’s primary focus is on how they respond to what happens as a result of their actions. Sounds easy in principle, but the truth is strong leaders are the ones who accomplish this through being the most authentic version of themselves possible.
With this definition of a leader, it means we are all leaders in the world regardless of what you do, your job title is, or even how visible your leadership is. The only question to consider is what are you choosing to step into as a leader?
Being a leader in the world is a commitment to always taking responsibility for your impact as a leader. There are so many leadership tools available to us these days that it can become difficult to know how they fit when to use them, and what purpose they serve. Through our experiences in working with leaders in all types and sizes of organization, we have come to see this can be a big struggle for many leaders.
Although most of our work is in the private sector, Leading for Change is for all of us, which is one reason we share so openly.
Is this a model?
Arguably, yes you could point to what you are about to read and call it a model. In fact, it was after reading this post
by my friend Jason Little, that I realized I was falling into the trap of creating a model. OMG am I becoming one of those
The problem I have with models, is too often they are created by consultants, like me, who want you to give them money. There are lots of great excuses for this many of which Jason points to. However, the truth is you don’t need them, and you certainly don’t need me either. It is possible for you and your team to rise about your current situation without any help. However, if you’re in the midst of a team, it can be difficult to see your truth, and so outside support can help you improve quicker.
We are always striving to bring the right tools into the work we do with teams, which makes it impossible for us to tell you exactly what your leadership program will look like. It would be fairly arrogant of us, or any consultant, to tell you we have the right answer. Don’t worry though, if you are looking for a prescription there are plenty of options available to you.
So think of the following as a framework or a guideline, and it could never be something prescriptive regarding how to apply it. This framework is how we think when we’re assembling leadership programs, and also what guides us as we dive in and learn things together. We use this framework to guide our thinking, and with each step we look back towards this framework as we decide where-to-from-here.
This framework does not provide a comprehensive definition of leadership laying out the prescribed tools to use at each step. Instead, the framework is intended to provide a perspective from which to think about and design your life as a leader. It is through this you will discover the models, frameworks, process, tools, etc. which fit into each of the layers.