An effective leader brings together people of all views and ideologies; inspires innovation and progress; is a communicator, not a mystery; and does not dismiss those of varying attitudes, backgrounds or class. Your position in life does not make you a leader, your actions do. We are all surrounded by both leaderless heads (by title) and unrealized or underappreciated leaders (in often unofficial roles).
Yes, tomorrow is Election Day, so the issue of leadership (or lack thereof) has been front and center for the past few months, but leadership stretches far and wide outside of the political arena. Elected leaders carry a certain type of weight because these types of characters have to constantly sell themselves to their electorates and contributors as part of the ongoing fight for reelection. Our real focus should on those actors in leadership roles outside of the political world; the ones that have more of an effect on the daily lives of workers, consumers, or whatever appropriate context applies.
While most people may hold on to a little bit of self-serving purpose in order to help their careers or other goals, this cannot be the main source of their motivation. It can’t. We need more selfless and inspiring leaders. They are out there. I look forward to learning from these true leaders, working with them and helping to develop future leaders to tackle the many new challenges and innovations that we can expect in our lifetimes and for the generations ahead.