Bret Simmons raises an interesting point regarding Leadership and the is a subtle but important difference between ‘Being a Leader’ and ‘Acting like a Leader’. He offers a definition of Leadership as follows:
Leadership is manifest when people assume responsibility for the choice to engage with others and use their influence to pursue substantive changes that enhance a shared purpose.
You don’t have to have a formal title to practice this form of Leadership but many have the formal title but definitely do not practice Leadership as Brett sets out. Therefore, Leadership is a choice. We can opt out of the role as much as we opt in. It is a deliberate choice that goes beyond organisation charts, business cards or job titles.
What choice have you made?