Today, outside my work window in London is the French Market. There are stalls of wonderful French produce; cheeses, patisserie, breads, soaps, leather goods, flowers, home-cured meats. These are not unusual in themselves, but for some reason, the French markets are so different from our English ones. Maybe it’s the novelty. Certainly, the smell of fresh baking croissants and pain au chocolat have something to do with it. No one stall “shouts” above the other. They all combine to produce this wonderful French experience in the London.
Leadership is a bit like that. There are so many strands to being a leader. Read up on any leadership blog and you will see the variety of thoughts, suggestions, and discussions on the subject. Leadership is:
- can be learned
- can be born with it
- making decisions
- establishing a good team
- being vulnerable
- working to strengths
- visionary, pioneer
- Serving others
- developed daily
- Building trust
- attracting others
I know that this is not an exhaustive list and it is simplified. Without all these strands working together then a leaders leadership will be flawed, or it will fail. Just like the French market stalls working together to produce a French experience, these leadership strands work together to produce a leader. All must be present.
I’m now off to buy freshly baked croissants.
What other strands of leadership are there that you can think of?
On a quirky note, what would you buy at the French market?
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