Leadership Overview

Leadership Overview

Leadership is essential

Leadership is one of the most comprehensively researched social influence processes in the behavioural sciences (Parris, 2013). This is because the success of all economic, political, and organisational systems depends on the effective and efficient guidance of the leaders of these systems (Barrow 1977).

Leaders are the ones who run headfirst into the unknown. They rush toward the danger. They put their own interests aside to protect us or to pull us into the future. Leaders would sooner sacrifice what is theirs to save what is ours. And they would never sacrifice what is ours to save what is theirs. This is what it means to be a leader. It means they choose to go first into danger, headfirst toward the unknown. And when we feel sure they will keep us safe, we will march behind them and work tirelessly to see their visions come to life and proudly call ourselves their followers. - Simon Sinek
This is a 45 minute lecture given by Simon Sinek covering the content in his book Why Leaders Eat Last

What is servant leadership?

It begins with the natural feeling one wants to serve, to serve first. Then conscious choice brings one to aspire to lead. That person is sharply different from one who is leader first…. The difference manifests itself in the care taken by the servant-first to make sure that other people’s highest priority needs are being served. The best test, and difficult to administer, is this: Do those served grow as persons? Do they, while being served, become healthier, wiser, freer, more autonomous, more likely themselves to become servants? And, what is the effect on the least privileged in society? Will they benefit or at least not be further deprived? Greenleaf 1970 as cited in Greenleaf 1977, p. 27