Leadership: a basic human drive

leadership coaching | WomenAdvance.comI like this take on leadership. It shows us that leadership is not an ego boost; it’s a fundamental part of our humanness:

“The Leader draws power from the basic human drive to take initiative. As laid out by pioneering personality theorist Erik Erikson, taking initiative involves mounting a positive response to the world’s challenges, learning new skills, and feeling purposeful. Erikson held that mastering this skill, like the seven other psychosocial tasks he named, is essential to optimal personality development. Realizing one’s vision and ideas, whether in a career, a business, a political campaign, or a nonprofit venture, is a way to take initiative.”

from The Breaking Point: How Today’s Women Are Navigating Midlife Crisis by Sue Shellenbarger

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