A quiet leader doesn't need a title.
Stephen Covey of the The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People fame in his book The 8th Habit: From Effectiveness to Greatness talks frequently about leadership not as a position but as a "proactive intention to affirm the work and potential of those around us..." Simply stated leadership is a choice not a title.
I recently enjoyed an article by Wayne Tumel on Management-Issues.com where he describes this as "Big L" Leaders (with a title) and Little L leaders, no title required. Here are his thoughts (Make sure you interpret the Big L's from the Little l's),
- Leaders don't necessarily lead
- leaders aren't necessarily Leaders
- Leadership sometimes shows leadership but sometimes doesn't and there isn't
a lot you can say or do
- leadership doesn't only reside in the Leadership
Thanks for reading. Please lead quietly