The Many Roles Of Leadership
There is a great deal of emphasis that is spent on the role of leadership in the workplace.
And rightly so, because the majority of time we spend is in the workplace. What we clamor for, and desire, is to have quality leaders that help us define our careers, our livelihood, and our sense of professional identity. We crave that in ourselves, and wish to instill that in the other people we connect with.
What I’d like to challenge us with is thinking of leadership in our lives without the career, the job responsibility, or the professional tag. Let’s think for a moment on our leadership influence in every other aspect of our lives.
I am fully convinced that great and effective leaders have an influence that permeates every aspect of their lives and the lives of those around them. Whatever we find ourselves to do, when we’re not busy making a living, we exert a certain influence that impacts, for better or for worse, those people who our lives intersect with.
Leadership is not a hat we put on when we arrive to our company, and take off when we cross the threshold of our home. It’s a persona and state of being that carries over to all dimensions of our lives, improving our worlds and spheres of living.
Here are some ancillary leadership roles from people who have been mentors to me that will help paint the picture:
- Adjunct professor
- Church deacon
- Board member for underprivileged children’s foundation
- Member of National Guard
- Volunteer firefighter/EMT
- Fish & Game chaplain
- Town selectman
- PTA board member
- Fundraising chairperson
- Neighborhood watch organizer
- Scout troop leader
- Security guard
- Volunteer coordinator
I could easily double and triple this list. The point is, our leadership influence never ends, it just manifests into differing roles in how we round out our lives. We may decrease our roles here and there based on how many other leaders there are, and what we understand the need for our skills and vision may be. But whether we’re leading leaders, or supporting leaders (good “followership“), we will always be able to equip, empower, and encourage others in our various life areas.
How can you expand your leadership – both skills and influence – into every aspect of your life?
Remember, leadership is not a 9 to 5 mindset. It’s who you are.