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What does a leader really do?

At this very moment, thousands upon thousands of leaders in the fields of medicine, science, and politics are coming together to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. The numbers are still on the rise, which often begs the question what the hell are our leaders doing? Believe me, they’re trying their best.

That said, it’s obvious that a crises is an opportunity for leadership. And you and I know that leadership isn’t just bound to certain “authorities.” It’s for everyone. It’s a choice. And we’ve got to make the right one for ourselves and the others around us.

But how do you get started? Just start.

But what does a leader really do? I’ve always struggled to answer this one without examples. I wish I could actually define it. Last evening while reading Tom Peter’s latest (2018’s) book, “The Excellence Divided,” I stumbled upon this bit from an Oscar acceptance speech from the late director Robert Altman.

The role of the director is to create a space where the actors and actresses can become more than they have ever been before, more than they’ve dreamed of being.

Robert Altman

Swap out the “director” for leader and “actors and actresses” for “people” and you’ve got possibly the best definition of leadership, ever.

Now, go forth and lead.