Whether you realise or not, and quite naturally when groups of people form, there will be someone who will stand out and look to lead the group forward.
Both in business and in community the importance of leadership cannot be underestimated as it is essential to provide guidance towards a goal.
Take for example a group of people want to cross a river and all jump in and hope for the best? Now consider if two of those people can’t swim, one is scared of water and the rest are strong swimmers. Then the river rises, and someone gets into trouble?
With all of those variables, there is every chance that someone will drown and not everyone will reach the other side. But, what if one of the strong swimmers realises the situation and starts to create a plan.
For instance, matching up the strong swimmers with the weaker, sending over a couple of stronger swimmers to test the water and watch the others cross… all show leadership to meet the goal of reaching the other side.
Leadership is important in all situations when a common goal has to be reached when there are multiple parties involved. When you take all of the strengths and weaknesses, the personality types and needs, the leader’s role is to use their skills of negotiation, understanding, questioning and planning to ensure all parties feel part of the process and are clear how they work together in spite of their individual needs.