Snapshots of Leadership
My latest work in progress is a book about leadership and teamwork. I wanted to introduce various characteristic traits and behaviors that have been associated with excellent leadership. There are countless books, articles, blogs, and discussion boards on leadership, and many of them have some form of “Top Ten” list of characteristics needed by great leaders. How then, to represent these many views? In a perfect world, I’d scrape the text from all the best sources of thinking on leadership and teamwork and distill from it all the characteristics associated with excellent leadership. More realistically, I thought about finding a word cloud on leadership.
<…scurries off, Googles “leadership word cloud”…>
It turns out, there are a LOT of leadership word clouds. Apparently, gathering ideas of what constitutes good leadership and creating a word cloud from it is a common activity for management workshops! The clouds have different emphasis and levels of detail, and breadth that I found surprising. Here are some illustrative examples. To see thousands (!) more, go here: leadership wordles.
See any surprises? Anything you disagree with?