Leadership means different things to different people. It is no surprise then that there are so many different approaches to leadership. And for each approach, it seems, there are tons of books, trainings and conferences available to anyone who wants to become a more effective leader.
This is not a bad thing. The fact is that no single leadership approach will always be effective in every situation or community. And there is no single leadership style or philosophy that can make everyone a better leader. Having a wide range of leadership styles and philosophies helps us make more positive change in our world.
That is why the Bush Fellowship is so flexible. Fellows are not required to pursue a particular path to build their leadership skills. Instead, they have the freedom to determine what they need to learn or experience to become a more effective leader. But with so many different options, choosing the right path can be daunting.
In my role as director of the Bush Foundation’s Leadership Program, I have the great fortune to work with people from all walks of life who want to become more effective leaders. No matter who I speak with, I always say that before deciding what to do, it is important to ask yourself the following five questions.