Although my anniversary is coming up, this post is about another “L” word: Leadership. “Senior” people at Microsoft (and I assume at other companies) are expected to exhibit it. This is true for managers and non-managers alike (because, of course, management and leadership are completely different things). The problem is that Leadership is not as easy to find as some people think. I don’t believe that Leadership is something you’re born with – it’s something that you can learn – as long as you work very hard at it. It’s about building credibility and trust. It’s about moving people forward toward a vision (and having that vision in the first place). Good leaders inspire and make those around them better – they worry about reaching the goal much more than individual accomplishments.
Yet, I often see people try to become leaders in ways I can never imagie working. Some of the people I see are:
I’m sure there are other ways to “claim” leadership. The only way I know is to work at it. It’s something I consciously work at every day, but an area where I barely know anything. But I keep working at it and keep trying to get better. I doubt I’ll ever figure it out – but I think that’s a good thing.