In some ways, leadership is incredibly simple. Leadership is about guiding the future by using the tools of your past.
You decide what matters from a place deeper than your ego. Figure out how to make an impact on it. Use your wits, experience, and relationships to make that impact in a sensible and sustainable way. And then continue to develop yourself so you can lead more people and more projects with more skill and less effort.
And yet the true nuance of leadership is unsimple because it rests on who you’re being as a leader. It’s not some performance of the seven habits of highly effective people or the execution of a perfect morning routine and optimized schedule.
We all admire people with this kind of discipline, but the true leadership qualities we crave are so much deeper than that.
To be a leader is to inject leadership into your marrow. To stand for your leadership in the midst of your own terrible failure. To allow your heart to be shattered while holding to your belief in the possibility of people.
It goes beyond managing KPI’s (Key Performance Indicators) and quarterly goals. It’s about managing your own heart, the way you breathe in times of crisis, and how big you can expand your awareness.
It’s the reason so many great leaders were also highly spiritual. Because leadership demands more than just the tools and techniques.
It’s what makes leadership unsimple, but also powerful.