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.