We exist in a time in which we are acutely aware of the need for leadership and yet despite the litany of blogs, the avalanche of articles, and the legions of training on leadership, our yearning for consistent, reliable, and plentiful leaders within progressive political and social movements is not quite fulfilled. Our mistrust and fear of being failed by leaders have reached pandemic proportions. So much so that the most infectious movement since the civil rights era is a self-proclaimed “leaderless” one. And it is now paying the price of the lack of core strength, cohesion, and coalescence that clear leadership, whether by one or by many, provides.
What’s the deal? Where are our leaders, or more precisely—where does leadership live? First and foremost, we need to reclaim the idea of what a leader is from the debilitating notion that anyone with a position of power over others is a leader. There are bosses, managers, directors, and politicians. All worthy positions. But though we can place people in leadership roles, that won’t make them leaders. To be a leader is to inhabit leadership.
Read the full interview here: http://transform.transformativechange.org/2012/04/where-leadership-lives/