Accepting The Leadership Challenge Of Leadership

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Accepting the Leadership Challenge When I decided to follow the advice of our CFO to take a leadership class, I was expecting to learn how great leaders think, how leaders manage people, and what makes a person a great leader. I was looking for an inspiration, and I was hungry for leadership knowledge. Going back to week one of the Leadership class, we were asked to define in our own words what is leadership. I described a good leader as a good follower because I believe in servant leadership. According to Robert Greenleaf (1970), servant leaders are servants first and leaders later. The servant leadership model places great emphasis on building relationship and promotes teamwork (Nayab, 2011). Kouzes and Posner (2012) mentioned that leadership is everyone’s business. Leadership is not about seniority or titles (Kruze, 2013). Leadership is not about power or authority (Kouzes & Posner, 2012). Leadership is not about how many followers you have. Leadership is not about how educated or how knowledgeable a person is because academic achievements do not guarantee that an individual is going to be a great leader. Leaders are not born, they are made. Leadership is passion and is a responsibility. To me, leadership is an opportunity to be surrounded by people and be able to create unity to achieve the team’s goal. I am a team player and I thought that being a good team player is enough to be considered a leader potential. However, after learning about Kouzes and Posner (2012) five
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