Leadership is not an individual accomplishment. Instead, leadership is a situation borne out of a group of collective elements that have aligned for a specific purpose. Leadership consists of three core elements: a leader, a follower, and a circumstance. An individual who pursues a leadership position for personal agendas, without each of the other two core elements, will inherently fail at his or her endeavor because the situation will lack the fundamental bases of leadership.

Leaders do not choose followers. Instead, followers select their leader based upon whether the leader is suited for the specific set of circumstances the follower is facing. For example, former President Barack Obama decided he wanted to lead America. However, America did not choose him simply because of his desire to lead. Barack Obama was chosen because America’s circumstances warranted a change and Mr. Obama convinced voters that he was best suited to bring about that needed change. Continue reading