- the position or function of a leader, a person who guides or directs a group
Leadership, according to this definition, is therefore about guiding. And a Leader is someone who guides.
Interestingly, Leaders can be found anywhere and the mantle is not necessarily granted in line with position. A person may be a manager in an organization according to title and pay grade, but may not necessarily be a leader – managers aren’t always leaders and leaders aren’t always managers. Indeed leaders can be found at all levels in any organization and really they form the fulcrum, the locus of control.
So it is important for us to understand what leaders do that allows them lead. According to Tony Robins, the ‘Three Mandates of Leadership’ are:
See it as it is, not worse than it is.
See it better than it is.
Make it the way they see it.
- See it as it is, not worse than it is.
This is vital. It is crucially important to know the way things really are, warts and all. All facts are friendly. A rose-tinted view of the world where things are deliberately coloured to make them appear better than they actually are, is up (or down) there with the ostrich view where uncomfortable facts are ignored completely in the hopes that they will magically disappear.
That said, it is as important to see things in perspective and whilst there may be issues that need handling, we shouldn’t default to a woe is me, doomsday position either. See it as it is, not worse than it is.
- See it better than it is.
Now, this isn’t in contradiction with my earlier point and isn’t a validation for those of us who too often are happy to wear our rose-tinted specs, although at first glance it might appear to be. No. Instead this mandate is building on the previous one. See it as it is, not worse than it is. Then and only then, see it in your mind’s eye better than it is currently in reality. Create a vision for how you would like it to be.
Once this is done, Mandate 3 becomes the logical next step.
- Make it the way they see it.
Take the situation. As it is, no better, no worse. Decide how you would like it to be. Define that clearly. Step towards it. Keep stepping until.