There are so many opinions on what leadership “should be”. There are books, articles, blogs, & many other outlets through which leadership theories and practices are espoused. Perhaps that is the challenge? When we read so many things and constantly try to employ new ideas and thoughts on leadership don’t we actually erode our credibility? How can be people trust us if our approach is always changing? Don’t get me wrong, I believe in growth but I do not think you can constantly change the fountain from which your leadership inspiration is drawn without confusing others as to the intent.
Perhaps the core of leadership is the same as it ever was? Perhaps it is much simpler than we make it out to be? Some of the greatest leaders in history were people who simply lead without thinking about it. There was a job to do and they did it. They did not do it right all the time but they always did it for the same reason. That reason was duty. They all believed their job was to serve and they did it with love.
We should always strive to become better people but do not confuse that with chasing the latest “leadership theory” that promises to produce extraordinary results. Whenever you wonder what you should do or how you should do it, remember what Mother Teresa told us, “What I do you cannot do; but what you do, I cannot do. The needs are great, and none of us, including me, ever do great things. But we can all do small things with great love, and together we can do something wonderful.”