We used to say a leader is someone others choose to follow. But leadership is changing. it's not about gathering followers. It's about empowering others to become dynamic leaders themselves. This article goes into more depth about what it means to be a Dynamic Leader.
A Dynamic Leader is Someone Who...
If you are what Jim Collins calls a Level 5 Leader, you’re probably also a Dynamic Leader. If you have what Stephen Covey calls interdependence, you’re probably a Dynamic Leader. If you have what Noel Tichy calls “a teachable point of view”, you’re probably a Dynamic Leader. If Carl Jung would declare you to be individuated, or Abraham Maslow would consider you to be self-actualized, you’re probably a Dynamic Leader. If you see your own response as the greatest leverage you have in any situation, you’re probably a Dynamic Leader.
You can get a broader overview of what it means to be a Dynamic Leader by reviewing the questions in the Emerging Dynamic Leadership Inventory at www.speakstrong.com/leaderinventory/
When I teach intergenerational communication I joke with my Boomers that it's a drag that once we've paid our dues and gotten older, we can't cash in and play the power games that were played on us. I'm sure there are many leaders who feel the same way. But joking aside, what Dynamic Leaders get in return for giving up power, is influence. That is a much better prize.
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