The term “leader” is often associated with leaders of organizations—businesses, nonprofits, and religious organizations—but there are really many different types of leaders. You don’t have to be a CEO or manager in order to be a leader. Leaders emerge in many different kinds of situations and many different styles of leadership can be effective, depending on the environment.
For example, I used to work with a company on the border in Mexico, and there was a point where there was a lot of drug and gang activity going on in the area. One night, I had to go through a section of town where it was pretty dark, and I remember being very scared. At one point, I walked through a particular area where a gang was loitering and I was stopped by them. I noticed that there was one guy who held a certain command. He wasn’t bigger or stronger than anybody else, pretty average actually, but everyone was just waiting for him to give a sign. He stopped me in the middle of the road and didn’t allow me to get through. We engaged in a conversation and I was able to manage it in a way that he finally allowed me to cross without taking anything from me. Read More