And yet, just as Mandela did, we as human beings can make choices to live and lead at a higher level, to be serving rather than self-serving.
For years we defined leadership as an influence process.
In recent years, we have taken the emphasis away from goal accomplishment and have defined leadership as the capacity to influence others by unleashing their power and potential to impact the greater good. Why did we do that? Because when the definition of leadership focuses on goal accomplishment, one can think that leadership is only about results. Yet when we talk about leading at a higher level, just focusing on goal accomplishment is not enough.
Leading at a higher level, therefore, is a process. We define it as the process of achieving worthwhile results while acting with respect, care, and fairness for the well-being of all involved.