Step into the bowels of any workplace culture and you may find plenty of people seemingly armed with information ready to argue, complain, and describe the prominence of disrespect. We live in an information age, some argue information overload, but it is not the power of information itself that creates leadership, it is how that information is used. That makes leadership beyond most anything else, about choice.
Leadership is not about a position, a title, or a rite of passage. Leadership is a combination of innovation, presence, and purpose and when connected with a group of people we create a following, a culture, and (through organized people) an organization.
When likeminded people unite to follow a cause, a theory, or paradigm it will be the organization of the group that aspires to collaborate as a unit, by choice not force, that ultimately propels the group forward. Today most organized groups are sprinting, not waiting, standing, or walking. The pace of change and the need for speed is united in a movement metaphorically observed as a marathon. Make a choice, choose to lead, become the organization.
Run the marathon.
Dennis E. Gilbert is a business consultant, speaker, and coach that specializes in helping businesses and individuals accelerate their leadership, their team, and their success. He is the author of the newly released book, Forgotten Respect, Navigating A Multigenerational Workforce. Reach him through his website at DennisEGilbert.com or by calling +1 646.546.5553.