Leadership has fascinated me ever since I was young. It seemed that some people had the natural ability to attract others, and rally them together towards a singular objective. Why did some have this magnetism, this charisma, that others found so appealing? And, more importantly, how could I do the same?
Leadership is an interesting thing. While countless books written about it, it’s still not something I can describe in a discrete, simple package. Unlike calculus or anatomy, you can’t take a course and emerge a charismatic leader the way someone might emerge a mathematician or doctor. Leadership draws from many sources, and is unique to each individual who wields its power. It is a skill that must be cultivated over years of effort and through countless hard lessons.
But that doesn’t mean those of us who desire to be inspirational leaders should just throw up our hands and let the process take its course. Instead, we should find ways to continue to develop and practice the skills that will make us into the leaders we wish to become. This blog is my attempt to capture the many facets of leadership, and to review and categorize sources that can be used to improve and develop those individual skills.
In fact, I was inspired to start this page when interviewing for a new leadership role. Although that particular role didn’t work out, I connected with one interviewer over our love for reading. Afterwards, he provided me a list of his favorite leadership books with brief summaries. That list is one of the most valuable pieces of advice I’ve received during my leadership journey, and I felt it needed to be cultivated and shared.
I believe leadership is a journey of life-long learning and self-improvement. One of introspection, self-reflection, and persistence. I’m hoping you have come to a similar conclusion, and will find value in following my personal journey. I’m glad you’re along for the ride.