Being a leader is not about position or title, its about action




There is a legend that tells of a French monastery known throughout Europe for the extraordinary leadership of a man known only as Brother Leo. Several monks began a pilgrimage to visit Brother Leo to learn from him. Almost immediately, they began to argue about who should do what as they traveled.

On the third day of the voyage they encountered a monk along the path to the monastery , he asked to join them. This monk never complained about a duty, whenever the others would stand against each other, he would gracefully step up and do it as the others bickered. By the last day, the others started to follow his example. From that day forward things began to improve.

They reached the monastery some time later and asked to see Brother Leo. The person who greeted them just laughed and said “He is among you.”

Nowadays, many people call themselves leaders or seek the glory of leadership. Their motives are mostly self serving. Status, Power and advantage and see it as an investment in their own future without consideration of it’s impact on others.

The story about Brother Leo teaches a different style of leadership, a method where a  leader is more worried  with serving rather than being followed, with giving rather than getting, with doing rather than demanding. Leadership based on setting good examples, not command, not power, not leverage. 

Set aside a day and think about this type of leadership style and apply it to how it can translate into your Plus 1 success story. Think about those in our community who are using this leadership style every day to influence and help you. How has it impacted your daily actions or could impact your daily actions should you step outside of your comfort zone and open up to allowing  yourself to put something new inside.

4 thoughts on “Being a leader is not about position or title, its about action

  1. I have always said that just because you are “the Leader” doesn’t make you one. Just because you have the title of Secretary does not mean you are one… Your title does not make you who you are. It is just a title.

    Good Luck to all this week, Jean

  2. I love this post Tim. Everything you said in here is so true. Leadership and titles are just that it is the examples and inspirations you help others to become leaders of “quality” as well. Happy Columbus Day and Happy Thanksgiving Day to Canada today as well. Good job here Tim! Thumbs up.

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