As mentioned earlier, this is a treatise on servant leadership. However, I think it is appropriate to discuss the definition of leadership. If Googled, you will find hundreds of definitions on the term.
My favorite characterization is the one coined by best-selling author and noted
servant leadership speaker, James Hunter. He says that leadership is "the
skill of influencing people to enthusiastically work toward goals identified as
being for the common good."
are two main points in Hunter's definition. First, Hunter says that leadership
is a skill. What do we know about a skill? It is learned. It takes practice. In
other words, when it comes to a skill, it is important to understand that you
will make mistakes but the most you must learn from them and move forward in
the right direction.
The next point in
Hunter’s definition is that leadership is about influence. If you do not remember another thing that I
write in this treatise, please remember the importance of influence because everyone
has it. Whether it is with our employees, family members, or even the
eight-year-old little boy lives next door to you, you are a leader.
There is no doubt that Mahatma
Gandhi was a leader but so was Adolph Hitler. Why? Because they both had influence.
You are a leader. I am not talking
about titles. I am talking about influence. Therefore, the most important question
I want to ask you is this: What type of influence are you wielding?