The Un-answerable question

What is Leadership?

You can’t answer that question. Well, at least I can’t. Get over it. I did. You can discuss the possibilities and describe what you think the answer is. But the question will never have an answer. Don’t worry, the world will not come to an end. You can read about it everywhere and even pay money to learn it. You can market it to others or you can use it to your advantage. It can allow you to tell other people what to do, or dream about what they could do. You can make it a task or an operation, or you can enjoy the uniqueness of its possibilities.


The attempt to answer this question has affected the success and failure of many companies. It has also reduced individuals attempting to answer it into plant matter. It has also raised them up from the dead.

What an obvious question! Just what is leadership? But it is a necessary one. If you want to answer it, you have to have your own favorite answer. It must be unique to you before it can be noticed by others. Favorite answer? Is there not one standard definition of leadership? No single characteristic of leadership that is so obvious that we all recognize it?

No. Get over it.

Don’t get me wrong. For those of us who are absolutely positively passionate about leadership, it’s easy for us to tell you what it is (and what it isn’t). It has become our life’s mission to answer that question for you. Well, I’m here to tell you that we’re wrong. The only best thing we can do is create an atmosphere of dialog and sharing of thoughts to want you to answer the question. And I’m ok with that.

What I’m not ok with is the preaching and selling of leadership as if it were a shelf item that could be sold by using a PayPal account. I’m not ok with those that demand I change my values to fit their beliefs. Those that want to change it because of the age of generations or markets they to ponder to. Be careful. The 50/50 rule is in effect. Believe 50% of what you hear and check out the other 50% for yourself. The attempt to answer this can only be taken up by you. But you must first believe before you can start.

What is Leadership?

It’s like asking “Who is God?” The potential of an answer belongs to you. And only to you. If you want to allow others in to help you with the answer, that’s definitely ok. And if it never gets answered, imagine the possibilities of what it could be while trying. I hope you and I never have the answer.

Life would be boring if we all had the answers.