Yea, or Nay?

I have recently been faced with a unique question: “Does leadership come from a ‘Yes’ or a ‘No’?”  The reason that I find this question so interesting is that it can be interpreted in two very different ways.  For example, one way to understand this question is that there are two options, one being yes and the other being no, and that leadership comes from one of the two.  For example, a person may respond “yes” when in a position of leadership or respond “no” in that same situation.  The other way to read into this question is looking at it from the perspective that states that leadership may be a result of many things, but can it come from yes’s and no’s? To answer this question, I will refer to the second way of reading into the question.

Simply put, no.  I don’t believe that it is possible for something as complex as leadership to come from a “yes” or a “no”.  A person in a position of leadership has the opportunity and responsibility to respond with yes and no answers when they are faced with questions that require them to do so, but simply saying “yes” or “no” does not make a person a leader.  A leader, in my opinion, should be so much more dynamic than being the person in charge of making yes or no decisions.  Effective leaders should lead by example and inspire others, not just the person who is “in charge” of decisions.  Effective leaders also take into consideration the values and opinions of their followers, making leadership so much more complex than giving such cut and dry answers as “yes” and “no”.

I do not believe that leadership comes from a “yes” or a “no”.  Leadership comes from having the skills and abilities to lead their followers effectively and have a mutual respect and understanding for their followers.  Good leaders should even be able to learn from their followers and use that to help them grow as a leader, rather than simply having the power or authority to give a “yes” or a “no” answer when it is presented to them.  Leadership, in my opinion does not come from a “yes” or a “no” because it is so much more dynamic than that.

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