I recently finished reading Compassionate Capitalism: A Journey to the Soul of Business by Blaine Bartlett and David Meltzer. At the heart of the book's message is that business can be used as a vehicle for helping others, and improving the world around us. One of the interesting perspectives from the book was their definition of leadership:
[Leadership is] the activity of causing coordinated movement that produces actions necessary for the desired results.
We typically think of leaders as people being at the top of an organizational hierarchy, but everyone in an organization can be a leader according to this definition. Leadership doesn't arise from assuming a role, it arises from using one's role to further the objectives of the organization.
The book also explains how compassionate leaders can make sure their values are aligned with the organization:
We don’t necessarily rise to the level of our expectations. As mentioned previously, we fall to the level of our practices. Every value has a behavioral analogue. What does trust look like behaviorally? Let’s practice that behavior. What does love in a business look like? Let’s practice that behavior. Let’s identify what that behavior is and then personally practice it and insist that others in the organization practice it as well.
Every value has a behavioral analogue. What are the organization's or team's values? And how can we engender them in our behavior?