Leadership means about 76,128 things to different people, and we have entire sections of bookstores about it, and people fly all over the world explaining it to others and defining best practices. In my mind, it’s complex and simple at the same time: leadership is essentially about empathy, and about making real connections with the people who have deliverables to complete for you. There’s a huge difference between “a manager” (deliverables all the way, baby!) and “a leader” (much more of a coach or a guide), but I don’t think a lot of people understand that. I write a lot about leadership and management, both of which are really interesting concepts to me. Here are a few of my favorite posts (self-indulgence 101) on those topics, if you want a place to start:
- What if leadership is really about making as few decisions as possible?
- Maybe we should stop viewing leadership as a destination
- The parable of the roofer, the carpenter, and the inline skater
- Here’s the one thing about leadership you should really know
- If you want to be a successful leader, ask for feedback