The Softer Side of Leadership

My Rotary club was trying to come up with a statement to describe our club.  In the process, someone suggested the phrase: “A Group of Community Leaders”.  I was shocked to hear the negative comments uttered from some of our members regarding the use of the term “leaders”.

The Type A Leader

It seems that some people believe leaders are people who get things done by pushing other people.  Some perceive leaders as bullies.  They believe that many leaders are arrogant and heartless.

It took a lot of convincing to get our entire club to agree to refer to ourselves as leaders.

Unfortunately, there are people who believe that to be a leader you need to have a type A personality, and be ruthless.

A Different Perspective

Those of us who study leadership know that there is a softer side to leadership.  In fact, many of the more successful leaders are recognized primarily for their humility.


Other words used to describe many successful leaders include: relatable, honest, approachable and trustworthy.


Exceptional leaders possess emotional intelligence.  You must have empathy to be emotionally intelligent.


Do You have Leadership Potential?

So, if you believe you cannot be a successful leader because you are not tough enough, think again.  You may possess exactly the qualities that are needed to be a leader in your chosen profession.


If you want to know more about your leadership style, send me an email at  Put “leadership” in the subject line.  I will send you a link to a questionnaire that will provide you with an accurate leadership profile, free of charge.

If you want to read about examples of good leadership, get a copy of my book “A Garage Full of Ferraris: How to unleash the potential in your high-performance team to drive extraordinary results”.

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