They say that beauty is in the eyes of the beholder. Leadership is often like beauty.
One way to recognise leadership is to see what people do with opposing ideas and whether or not decisions are made in the best interests of the common good or self-interest.
How are people seeing you?
Are you the kind of transparent leader who shares your thoughts and feelings and explains the thinking behind the decisions you make?
Is is clear to others the process you go through to arrive at decisions?
When you are wrestling with the difficult, do you invite others in for conversation and deliberation and then arrive at a shared-view together of the way forward?
The above are all signs of authentic and transparent leadership.
We need more of this kind of leadership. Are you up for it?
Be the difference you want to see in the world.
"The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function."
F. Scott Fitzgerald (The Crack Up)