MVP: Shared leadership is real leadership.
Pam and I leave Thursday for England and the beginning of our Grand Adventure. I know there are some leadership lessons waiting for us to discover, but in the lead up to the trip we have been reminded of some important leadership lessons and you will get those this week.
One leader can’t do it all.
While the main focus of our trip is the Pennine Way hike, we also have a few days after the hike followed by a week in Lisbon. I have led the planning for the hike, but Pam has led the post-hike planning. We have moved easily alternating between the leader and follower roles of the two parts of the trip. We are a team.
And that’s the way leadership should work. Leadership is not a position; it is a role. Leadership should be shared, collaborative, and fluid.
The leader who does everything for everyone is limiting the capacity of the organization. The leader who seeks to share leadership and develop it in others is building a stronger organization – and stronger people!
Today’s intention: Reflect on your leadership team. Maybe it is a formal team, but it could be an informal group. Celebrate where leadership is shared, but also look for opportunities to improve.