For so long, I have wondered whether I was a leader or not. First of all, what does it take to be a leader? What does it take to be a good leader? These were the questions that would rack my brain.
When Stephen Buckley was invited to speak to our class, he said that as a leader, he job “is to serve you.” That took my a bit off guard. To serve me? This was something I usually don’t hear from leaders or role models. Buckley takes a different approach on leadership (similar to what Julia Tylor said in her blog post, Buckley is a servant leader). He leads by not only by mastering his craft, but also by listening and serving his followers to be the best they can be. He admits and learns from his mistakes. Effective leadership is all about healthy relationships. It promotes better work, when working with others who have the “passion to learn, grow and get better at what they’re doing.”
A leader has to lead with both his/her head and heart with integrity, responsibility as well as forgiveness and compassion.