The 3 most important parts of leadership

Yesterday, my 11-year-old was appointed as a sports leader for her “house” in school (the whole school is grouped into 4 houses). Last night, I asked her what she thought the most important things for her to do as a leader were.

She thought for a few seconds then replied: “encourage, help, and inspire”.

  • Encourage
  • Help
  • Inspire

While I would reorder the list to put inspire first, I think she fairly much responded with a model answer. Can you choose a better three?

Most leaders in business, however, spend too little of their time doing these things. If you spend most of your time on management, on command and control, are you failing to lead?