Put on Your Big Girl Pants

Lead from Where You Are

Leadership is an action, not a position.

—Cindy Pace

There are an overwhelming number of leadership books and gurus devoted to answering the question: What is leadership?

I love the definition that I learned many years ago from a telecommunications engineer. In a preworkshop survey I had asked: “Why is being a leader important to you?” The engineer responded that being a leader was not all that important to her. She simply wanted to come to work every day and make the biggest possible difference she could. I won’t lie: I was underwhelmed at first by her response. Then it hit me, like BOOM:

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