Thoughts

From time to time I post articles here with new ideas, insights, or information around how to build and grow a business that matters – using your expertise.

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.

Everyone tells you you should be setting goals. 

SMART goals. 

BHAG goals. 

Choose a definite chief aim. 

But does it work?

Is setting and pursuing goals the best way to achieve success?

I was reading Scott Adam’s book How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big: Kind of the Story of My Life recently.
Adams suggests there is a better path to success than setting and pursuing goals: systems.

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