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“Leader” is one of those words that seems to remain undefined, regardless of how many people write about it, or speak about it. We can come up with names of management books or self-help books that purport to make us “great leaders.” Our organizations may have elaborate assessment tools that measure leadership effectiveness. But, what exactly do we mean? Who is a leader? What do we mean when we say someone is a “great leader”?
It’s that time again: Every four years Americans splash about in a pre-electoral pond to help decide who will lead the country. The campaign process can seem part shouting match, part popularity contest, and part poll driven exercise in polarizing the population. Sometimes it just seems like people throwing rocks to see how big a wave they can make.
What it doesn’t generally seem like is an opportunity to ponder what leadership means, or how we might recognize excellence in it. That’s because excellence in leadership comes from a quiet place, and quiet places don’t feed the news cycle the way contentiousness does.
When you begin to routinely take a few moments to intentionally stop, you can begin to notice when you are living your life on autopilot. And, you can begin to notice when you are, in fact, not bringing your best self to those things in your life that are most important-at work and at home.