Leaders and the 8 ages of man: 5

At times, we tend to view leadership as an abstract concept, something we only discuss and think about but never truly put into practice.

It’s essential to remember that leadership is expressed in our daily lives, whether it be in our businesses, families, or homes. Regardless of the context in which you operate as a leader, your leadership style will manifest itself.

As we continue discussing the eight ‘ages of man’ in this series on leadership, we are using Erik Erikson’s model to describe our natural development process from infancy to maturity.

In each stage of our lives, we have certain developmental goals or life tasks that we aim to achieve. As a leader, your impact on those who follow you can make a significant difference in helping them complete life tasks they may not have accomplished in earlier stages of their lives.

Your leadership can provide guidance and support to help your followers overcome past obstacles and reach their full potential.

In conclusion, leadership is not merely a theoretical concept but rather a tangible expression of our actions and behaviours in our daily lives. By understanding the natural development process and the life tasks associated with each stage, leaders can better support their followers in their personal and professional growth.

As a leader, you have the power to positively impact those who follow you and help them overcome any hurdles they may have encountered in earlier stages of their lives.

So, as a question to ponder, in what ways are you living your personal purpose?

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