Recently, I got into a discussion on this subject with a leader and his team from one of the organizations we work with. They were talking about leadership, what does it mean and what does it particularly mean to their organization. Then the conversation eventually evolved into, “Is leadership just about leading people?”

Leadership is more than just about leading people.  Not to downplay the importance of leading people because it is hard work, whether you’re leading 2 or 2,000 or 20,000 folks, to get them all on the same page. What I mean is, it is a leader’s job to also lead markets, to create a culture that leads innovation and to be the leader of trends. You can research this all you want, but what leadership really comes down to is three key areas:

  • Vision
  • Alignment
  • Execution

It’s really a leader’s job to deeply understand what is about to happen. Reading the tea leaves and then aligning the organization to attack that market.  The reality is that a leader should have their team overcoming what is happening now and proactively addressing what is going to happen. When it comes to looking around the corner, a key fundamental for leaders to focus on is acquiring strong talent for their organizations. 

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