On Size Does not Fit All

Unfortunately, leadership doesn’t have a one-size-fits-all definition. Business News Daily asked 30 business owners and experts to define what leadership means to them. Here’s are just a few of their responses:

“Leadership is the ability to guide others without force into a direction or decision that leaves them still feeling empowered and accomplished.” – Lisa Cash Hanson, CEO, Snuggwugg

“Leadership is the art of serving others by equipping them with training, tools and people as well as your time, energy and emotional intelligence so that they can realize their full potential, both personally and professionally.” – Daphne Mallory, family business expert, The Daphne Mallory Company

“Leadership is being bold enough to have vision and humble enough to recognize achieving it will take the efforts of many people — people who are most fulfilled when they share their gifts and talents, rather than just work. Leaders create that culture, serve that greater good and let others soar.” – Kathy Heasley, founder and president, Heasley & Partners

“A true leader is secure in creating a framework that encourages others to tap into their own skills and ideas and freely contribute to the whole of the project or company.” – Judy Crockett, owner, Interactive Marketing & Communication

“In my experience, leadership is about three things: To listen, to inspire and to empower. – Larry Garfield, president, Garfield Group

“Leadership is stepping out of your comfort zone and taking risk to create reward.” – Katie Easley, founder, Kate Ryan Design

“Leadership is the behavior that brings the future to the present, by envisioning the possible and persuading others to help you make it a reality.” – Matt Barney, founder and CEO, LeaderAmp

“Leadership is caring more about the cause and the people in your company than about your own personal pain and success. It is about having a greater vision of where your company is trying to go while leaving the path open for others to grow into leaders.” – Jarie Bolander, COO and co-founder, Lab Sensor Solutions

“Leadership is influencing others by your character, humility and example. It is recognizable when others follow in word and deed without obligation or coercion.” – Sonny Newman, president, EE Technologies

“Leadership is the ability to inspire motivation in others to move toward a desirable vision. The best leadership drives change and long-lasting motivation.” – Josh Kuehler, president, Internal Consistency

November 17th, 2015