Last Week's Definition:
Leadership requires the belief and pursuit of something larger than oneself, helping others on your way towards a collective goal exemplifies a leader.
Optimal leadership requires the ability to step back and view one's place and role in the "big picture". Moving beyond the daily tasks and conflicts to plan at a higher level.
This week I have been thinking a lot about getting caught up in the mundane and the associated stress. I relate this a little to the Heifetz reading, using the balcony strategy to both view your position within a group, but also within the context of an ongoing project. We have the tendency to get really worked up about the little steps, leadership requires a constant eye on the end goal.
Heifetz, R. A., & Linsky, M. (2002). "Get on the balcony." Leadership on the Line: Staying alive through the dangers of leading (pp. 51 - 74). Boston: Harvard Business School Press.
Kegan, R., & Lahey, L. L. (2009). "Identifying Each Person's One Big Thing" (pp. 63 - 67). Boston: Harvard Business Press.