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Spot on. I usually summarize it with clients as "you have to show people you can lead yourself before you can lead others" and that usually gets the idea across. If you wouldn't follow yourself as a leader, then you have some personal work to do.

To your second point, one definition of leadership is "getting people to want to do what you want them to do." That's also a pretty reasonable definition, and the way to do that is by providing context.

I always ask 3 questions in my discussions:

What is the company's mission?

How is your team contributing to the mission?

How does the work you're doing today contribute to the mission?

If a leader, and everyone on their team, knows the answers to all three of those questions, at all times, then they will probably be very effective.


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