What is formal leadership? Leadership is about the art of directing, motivating, influencing, and inspiring people so that they work together willingly to achieve the goals of the team or the broader organisation. Often, we will show leadership qualities by supporting the formal leadership of others and by doing what we do as well as we can as a service for others. Most of us, however, will be presented with opportunities to exhibit leadership from the front in our lives in formal positions infused with authority to take action and make decisions to build the future for the benefit of others.
"We are all measured by what sort of people we have become."
Dr Ian PM Lambert
- Meaning: knowing what is right – leadership “for good”
- Transformation: enabling change – leadership “for change”
- Authenticity: acknowledging truth – leadership “for real”
- Sustainability: nurturing the team and protecting resources – leadership “for life”
- Service: serving others first – leadership “for others”
- Relationships: encouraging and empowering community – leadership “for each other”
- Building healthy habits of formal leadership planning and reflection – how you take the opportunity to reflect on your capacity to evaluate your leadership and the potential for your growth through different leadership experiences
- Adopting an approach to establishing and maintaining constructive formal leadership in a community context – how you go about serving your friends and acquaintances in the broader community through the formal leadership you provide to them in different organisations and groups
- Working out a practical approach to providing formal leadership in an educational context – how you manage taking up formal leadership opportunities while undergoing formal education and balancing the different responsibilities that arise from both
- Locating their capacity to contribute within formal leadership in a work context – how you provide service and leadership to your employer, colleagues and associates within an employment setting