"Leadership is not about titles, positions or flowcharts. It is about one life influencing another." John C. Maxwell
Too often people assume that to be a leader you must be in a position of authority; that you must be in charge of people, but that isn’t completely true.
You can be the lowest individual in a company, but through example and by assisting others you are a leader. Individuals in positions of power can misuse, or even not use their position for the benefit of others – those aren’t leaders.
Politicians at all levels have the opportunity to lead their community and their peers in acts that benefit the community; but sometimes they get so wrapped up in “looking good” that they don’t accomplish as much good.
Corporate CEO’s are generally considered leaders because they lead their company to greater profits, but if they don’t enrich their employees through their association together then they haven’t really lead their employees. Those CEO’s have enriched the company, enriched their shareholders, but haven’t necessarily enriched the lives of their employees.
The famous have a wonderful opportunity to lead by example, but then go into rehab repeatedly. When I was young there was an actor named William Boyd, who played Hopalong Cassidy on television. At the end of the program he always had words of encouragement and enlightenment for his young fans. That was leadership.
Small acts of kindness and assistance are acts of leadership. Not leadership of the masses, but leadership of individuals – even a single individual. Leadership is not about how many you are in charge of, but how many you improve through their association with you.
A true leader enriches lives.