I accidentally stumbled upon a pattern some time back. It really surprised me at first.

But it makes so much sense!

Love is at the centre of leadership.

I saw this idea expressed time and time again, from top leadership authorities.

Here are a few examples:

“… you can love people without leading them, but you cannot lead people without loving them.” – John Maxwell, Developing The Leader Within You.

There are many approaches to leadership, such as:

Authentic Leadership
Servant Leadership
Transformational Leadership
Path-Goal Leadership

… and many more.

Each of these approaches goes into detail to describe what leadership is, and how to be a leader.

But amongst all this complexity, is there is a common set of leadership activities at the centre of all these leadership models? Is there a simple set of tasks that demarcate what it is that leaders do, and how to be a leader?

It turns out that there are 8 core leadership activities.

if you are a solo or small business owner like a coach, consultant, or service provider, is leadership something you should be focusing on?

Or should you be spending time on more important things – like say marketing, sales, and delivery?

Leadership isn’t important for you … UNLESS you want to make a difference and impact, or you want to grow your business.

If you do, then leadership matters.

There are six reasons why you should care about leadership:

1. Leaders change the world
2. Leadership connects your head to your heart
3. If you have a purpose – you are a leader
4. Leaders attract followers
5. Leadership is the critical core of your business
6. Leadership is the highest ROI activity