When people talk about “leadership,” they almost always refer to the trait as associated with leading teams of people. And, in the course of politics, sports, management and other areas, teams of people look to the leader to lead.
Walk into any bookstore, or search your favorite online bookstore with “leadership”as the search criteria, and you will find hundreds of books that follow along with this “leading people” approach.
While leadership in the team sense is important, for most of us who do not lead teams, to develop a leadership competency also seems irrelevant. That’s too bad. Leadership as an individual contributor not leading teams – like most of us in cubedom – is one of the most important competencies to learn.