Leadership to Enable Communities

CLF February Newsletter – essay by Anthony Hickling
I’ve started thinking hard about what leadership means for our organization. We call ourselves the Carbon Leadership Forum. That’s a strong assertion! If the term is crucial enough to be a part of our name, how does it feed into our work? The essence of leadership is not the ability to issue orders or exert power over the behavior of others. True leadership is about enabling communities, teams, and organizations to create positive change. Leadership implies service to others – listening, learning, and noticing opportunities for impact. Most importantly, true leadership is collective leadership, requiring the conscious participation of everyone, powered by the ideas, energy, and talents of all.