In Heroic Leadership, Chris Lowney argues that St. Ignatius considered that every Jesuit was a leader, even if he did not hold any particular office within the Order or outside.
It is certainly true that there are people here at Loyola Press who do not have management positions but who are enormously influential and have lots of “soft power.”
Leadership, as one of my colleagues pointed out, is fundamentally not about having a team to lead or people to report to you, it is about your own orientation.
- Are you determined to do the best that you can?
- To work with others for the best possible outcome in every situation?
- Are you a consistently positive force?
- Can you put aside your own needs to work for the greater common good?
- Do you love those around you and try to demonstrate it by the way you live, move and have your being?
I wish I could answer “yes” to all those questions. I try. But, like everyone else, I sometimes fail.
So, what about you? Apart from any job or other title you hold, are you a leader? What makes you a good leader?