We love leaders in this country. It’s human nature to want a strong, steady hand guiding the ship, someone we can trust to make the difficult decisions and not lead us astray. Someone who is steadfast in their integrity and drive. Someone who is confident and capable. It might sound like only extraordinary people are destined to become great leaders, but in reality, leadership isn’t complicated. We seem to think it is, and read books about it and go to seminars to be better at it, but really, it isn’t hard. But there’s a reason we haven’t figured it out yet. Peter Drucker, the late management guru, said the only thing all great leaders have in common is that they have a lot of followers. This is an oversimplification, but with intent. It accurately illustrates that there is no formula for becoming a great leader. Each leader needs to figure out how to be outstanding with the unique set of circumstances they’re given. And leaders need to understand that their greatness isn’t what will attract followers. People don’t follow leaders because they are great; they follow leaders to feel better about themselves. Steve Jobs understood this and constantly told his closest followers, “You can do better.” Leaders shouldn’t manage people, they should challenge them.
Leadership Is Challenging