Remember #UsGuys Twitter friends? Their blog challenges on an assigned topic #UsBlogs are now a weekly adventure. I’m all for it! It’s a chance to share your blog with friends and stretch your blogging abilities tackling topics you might not on your own.
This week’s topic is: 21st Century Leaders. As I researched the topic, one quote I found really hit me. Alan Keith of Genentech states, “Leadership is ultimately about creating a way for people to contribute to making something extraordinary happen.” This is an idea whose time has come! A true 21st Century leader will draw people together and help them contribute towards making something totally awesome happen!
My very favorite quote also came to mind: “Don’t walk behind me; I may not lead. Don’t walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend.” — Albert Camus
This style of friendship leadership is apparent right now in the #UsGuys tribe on Twitter. One of the leaders I know the best is @Josepf. I think he is a great example of a 21st Century Leader. He is a friend to all and leads with a smile. He is also inspiring, brilliant, good at bringing people together around great ideas, collaborative, nurturing and funny. These are vital qualities for a good leader in the 21st Century and a true friend.
The 21st Century leader must connect first. They must build a friendship of some kind with the people they may come along side to lead. They then help people get together to bring into being their plans and ideas. Doing so they bring out the very best in people. They nurture and collaborate rather than being authoritative and dictatorial…in short they are a friend who leads gently. Do you want to be a leader or a friend? Be a true friend, leadership may follow. #UsGuys #UsBlogs