Many people consider leadership to be an essentially work-based characteristic. However, leadership roles are all around us and not just in work environments.
Ideally, leaders become leaders because they have credibility, and because people want to follow them. Using this definition, it becomes clear that leadership skills can be applied to any situation where you are required to take the lead, professionally, socially, and at home in family settings. Examples of situations where leadership might be called for, but which you might not immediately associate with that, include:
- Planning and organising a big family get-together, for example, to celebrate a wedding anniversary or important birthday;
- Responding to an illness or death in the family, and taking steps to organise care or make other arrangements; and
- Making decisions about moving house, or children’s schooling.
In other words, leaders are not always appointed, and leadership skills may be needed in many circumstances.
With apologies to Shakespeare, we might say that “some are born leaders, some achieve leadership, and some have leadership thrust upon them”.