Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colors. And the people there see you differently, too. Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving. Terry Pratchett, A Hat Full of Sky
At a leadership forum facilitated last week by UTAS, former premier Michael Field suggested that an authority position provides the vessel for leadership, but holding it does not automatically mean you are a leader.
Leadership is a process which directs, influences and co-ordinates a higher objective.
Leadership opportunities are not given, they need to be taken, as we have witnessed this week as bush fires ravage Tasmania (and continue to do so).
Leadership is being compelled for the right reasons to enable opportunities to be exercised to unite people for a common purpose.
Leadership varies according to circumstances but it requires you to know yourself, including your strengths and weaknesses, but to also be trustworthy, courageous, persistent, honest, reflective, empathetic and above all optimistic.
Often opportunities for leadership are lost, however, as we are seeing this week, the best leaders often come out of a crisis, evolving and growing. It's at times like these that we are eternally grateful for such leaders. It's time to ensure that we recognise and support these leaders, but also to recognise and nurture future leaders.