I read the book "Permission Marketing" by Seth Godin very recently. It completely changed my view towards leadership.
I learned that a leader must earn permissions from the followers to lead them. And earning that permission is not easy. It takes months, years and sometimes decades.
It comes from showing that you care. It comes from your empathy. It comes from selflessness and generosity. And it comes from your passion to make a difference.
I have come across many leaders in my professional and personal life. Some of them were my leaders because of their positions and some of them were simply self-appointed. I followed just a few of them and ignored the rest. Because the rest didn't have any clue about what leadership is, unfortunately. They didn't care about me and my problems, they were not generous, and most importantly, they didn't have a passion of making a difference. I think they either followed instruction from someone else or just wanted to satisfy their wish to become a leader.
I still see many such leaders around me. I didn’t give them my permission to lead me. Not yet.
Abhimanyu Gupta lives in Chesterfield, Missouri with his wife Nilanjana & son Anusurya. His profession is software testing and his passion are music and books. He can be reached via Email, LinkedIn or Facebook.