Leadership Is (Part Two)

November 2, 2015 

Last week I started a series on four attributes of leadership. The first attribute, which you can read about here, is that good leadership is indigenous. Today, I want to focus on the second “I”- good leadership is inclusive. 

To illustrate this attribute, I want to bring up a story from a post I originally posted in December of 2014 from Kenya:

During the first full day, we hosted a VBS at one of our centers in a community called Ngando. At one point in the afternoon we had the children split into two large groups for sports activities and games. As we prepared to teach the children how to play duck duck goose, we instructed our group to circle up and hold hands in the center of a field right inside the compound gates. One little girl, Esther, was particularly excited, and grabbed onto my hand, jumping up and down and giggling while we waited to start the game.

As I looked around, taking an inventory of the kids, I noticed a girl standing at the gates of the compound, shyly looking on at the fun being had. Esther caught my gaze and looked over to the girl at the gates. She looked up at me, looked at her hand holding mine, and then ran to the girl at the gates. Before I could even call to her, she had grabbed the little girl’s hand and was running with her back into the filed of the compound. Esther ushered the shy girl to my left side and placed the girls hand in mine, then resumed her place to my right, grabbed my hand again and looked up at me. She was absolutely beaming.

Esther was exited before, but including her friend in the fun increased her joy to exuberance. 

I believe this to be true about about leadership as well. When you can invite others to speak into your projects and decision making process, your joy and engagement as a leader will increase, and those who have been invited into the process will have incredibly high rates of buy-in.

Stay tuned for two more attributes coming this week!