by Matt Mattson
There are so many opinions on leadership. Our is certainly just one of the millions. But we're not here to teach how how to leverage your authority, how to lead like a shark, or how to climb the ladder of leadership.
We're here to remind you of one simple, undeniable, utterly powerful truth: ALL LEADERSHIP IS SOCIAL.
After all, you can't lead nobody.
Your ability to connect, in meaningful ways, with real humans, determines your ability to lead.
Leadership happens in the space between you and other people. The way you fill that space -ideally with curiosity, generosity, authenticity, and vulnerability - will determine the extent to which you fill your leadership potential.
People follow those they know, trust, and believe. People follow those who touch their hearts not knock their heads. People don't care what you know, think, believe, or desire until they know that you care about them.
Leadership is a social endeavor. Leadership only happens between and among humans. Humans are social animals - we are driven by our innate desire for human connection. It stands to reason, then, that ALL LEADERSHIP IS SOCIAL.
In practice, this means that your title, the size of your desk, the location of your office, the label on your clothes, the level of importance you feel... all that pales in comparison to your ability to connect with others. Leadership happens in the space between you and other humans. Period. That's the only place it can happen. The way you fill that space (we recommend choosing to fill it with a lifestyle overflowing with Social Excellence) will determine your potential as a leader.