The US primaries have put the word ‘leadership’ in posts and articles from Facebook to The New Yorker.  Exciting to see leadership being given the prominence it deserves, you might think.  Not so much.

Too often, these articles talk of leadership but are actually referring to the people on the podium – the leaders – not the actions they take.

An article in The New Yorker (it’s long – grab a cup of java) provides a well-researched and timely perspective.

What does this mean for leadership?

At the heart of leadership is the fact that it’s about other people.

The article quotes John Adams, saying that the country won’t improve until the people begin to “consider themselves as the fountain of power.”

That will require taking our eyes off the podium and into the audience to see where leadership really matters.


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