April 23, 2011

Leadership is Easy as 1-2-3

“Leadership” is one of those words we all hear again and again.  Books are written about it.  Courses are taught on it.  There are institutes dedicated to the study of leadership.  It all sounds very complicated.

But what is “leadership” really?

The answer is incredibly, mind-bogglingly simple.  Leadership is:

  1. Having an idea
  2. Involving others
  3. Taking action

That’s it.  No, really — that’s it.

Let’s look at each step.

Having an Idea
Each of us has ideas all the time.  An idea could be as simple as “Let’s play music and exercise after lunch every day to wake people up and get energy flowing.”

Involving Others
Talk to others about your idea.  Share a vision of what could be.  Get buy-in for your idea of the future.  “Hey guys — you know how everyone’s sleepy after lunch?  I have an idea to give us more energy, and it’s fun!”

Taking Action
Ideas are worthless unless we take action and bring our vision into the world.  After you involve others and get them excited about the idea, find your music and take action!

Yep, playing music and exercising after lunch is a real example of leadership from a leader in my company.  She made it happen.

Click here to view a short preso on leadership and vision.

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  • Welcome to the world of blogging, Chris!

    Great first post – as Reagan said, “There are no easy answers, but there are simple ones.” And leadership, as you point out above, can be simple…. but it’s not easy! :)

    Good luck and we’ll be reading you from New York City!

    • Chris

      Hey, thanks Marc – it’s an honor to have you as my very first commenter!

  • Rita Nguyen

    Great first blog. Looking forward to reading more!

  • Your first entry about leadership has a good style for easy-understanding and remember: pics, short, clear, simple and meaningful ! I’m thinking of starting my blog with some stories like you told here. Leadership doesn’t need to be complicated, it can be something to be applied, hihi. Your blog is really inspired me. Thanks a lot.

  • Nga Nguyen

    I think… anyone can have an idea but not anyone can do something about it… You must have balls! So if you’re confident, can you lead ppl to do things? It’s conditionally possible then… Are you assertive, are you competent, etc.?

    All in all (that said I’ve read your various interesting blogs and chat with you sometimes :) I reckon you just want to emphasize the can-do attitude and encourage those who have had ideas that they do want to share them with other or take them into actions. These ppl can be said to have the “seeds” of leadership… They would love to follow you to read more about this, to get some ‘tricks”, and to get inspired.

    I’m following!!!!!

  • Khach Do

    Simple and concise steps to follow. A lot of fancy and eager for higher title but empty brained people boast their boot camp style leadership skills that only God might do it. Thanks Chris.