As part of a leadership programme or when I am coaching, I will often ask for examples of leaders. The usual responses include Winston Churchill, Martin Luther King and Ghandi.
Although I may get examples of past managers that people have worked with, I can’t think of one example when someone has replied “me!“
Why is this? Why do we have difficulty in considering ourselves as leaders?
We appear to have confused leadership with something much different than it is. A world changer, someone with a big personality or, worse still, an authority figure.
Maybe we should reframe leadership to make it more accessible. In his TED Talk, Drew Dudley shares his belief that leadership is not a characteristic reserved for the extraordinary.
He calls on all of us to celebrate leadership as the everyday act of improving each other’s lives, through lollipop moments.