5 for 5 blog – 50 things that do not define your leadership (and one that does)

10 Aug

2014-07-17 17.56.07

Good morning.

There are many things that people feel entitle them to status or privelge in organizations. Sadly, many are superficial and probably have the opposite effect that was intended. Here are some of the things that don’t define your leadership:

  • Your education
  • Your car
  • Your hobbies
  • Where you live
  • Your ancestors
  • Your office/cube/workstation
  • The location of said office
  • The size of said office
  • A window office
  • Which floor you are on
  • How long you have worked somewhere
  • Your computer
  • Your tech toys
  • How much you travel
  • What you did this weekend
  • The number of letters behind your name
  • Your title
  • Your long range plan
  • Your mid year review
  • Your “hi-po” status
  • Your training
  • Your marital status
  • How many hours you worked last week
  • Who you know
  • How many chairs, if any at your workstation
  • How much you make
  • Which part of town you work in
  • If you have a bookshelf
  • If you park inside
  • How many books you’ve read
  • If you have a podcast
  • Which conference you’ve been to
  • Which club you belong to
  • Where you grew up
  • Your business card
  • Who you travel with
  • Which project you’re working on
  • Which meeting you have been invited to
  • Your successes
  • Your failures
  • Who you report to
  • Whether you are an extrovert or introvert
  • Your age
  • Your parking space
  • Where you sit in a meeting
  • Who you eat lunch with
  • Your gender
  • Your last presentation
  • The number of LinkedIn connections, Facebook friends, or Twitter followers
  • The size or color of you badge

No, none of these defines you as a leader. The only thing that does is whether you choose to bring all of these things to bear to make a positive differences in the lives of those around you, especially those that work for you.

As leaders, you do not get to choose your legacy. The people lead will decide that for you. And they will base that on what you did for them and how you made them feel. Period.

Here are this week’s 5 for 5 articles:


The Six Most Revealing Types Of Interview Questions – by Stephanie Vozza – via Fast Company

7 Habits of People With Remarkable Mental Toughness – by Jeff Haden – via Inc.

The squeaky wheel problem – by Seth Godin – via @thisisethsblog

The World Outside Your Window – by Dani Kreeft – via the Holstee blog

3 Things Remarkably Successful People Do During the First Hour of Each Day – by Peter Economy – via Inc.

all the best, kevin