Wise executives scan the environment of their organizations and identify a few select people who have the talent, commitment and drive to move the organization into the future. These are the people who function well on teams and assume leadership roles. They can be strong solo contributors when the occasion arises.
My students learn during their very first class in our Organizational Leadership program that being an effective leader doesn’t hinge on a formal title. In fact, we highlight that anyone at any level of an organization can be a great leader as long as individuals develop the necessary skills. However, if anyone can lead, why are organizations still faced with a leadership shortage?
Simon Sinek is one of my favorite people who I have yet to meet. His words of wisdom, especially those about leadership, ring so true, and this quote remains on my short list. As HR professionals, it is important to remember that “H” is for “human.”