Today, leadership boils down to one word - initiative. The one who takes the initiative, the one who takes the lead and does what needs to be done and shows how it is to be done by applying intelligent and ethical thinking, such an individual has displayed leadership skill.
Leadership is situational but it is not sporadic; each time, that varied situations demand an appropriate response a leader steps forward however grave or insignificant the issue.
Take the example of this school teacher faced with the situation of a little girl crying because she fell down while playing football with the boys. Apparently, the girl was not crying because she fell down, she was crying because she thought her father would be upset that she went out and played football! The teacher drops everything that she is engaged with to spend time with the child, watching over her while the bruises are treated, calming her down and telling her not to worry about the father’s reaction. But the child is petrified thinking of the response at home, tears flowing, even saying that her parents may not send her to school anymore. None of the others who have gathered around are able to pacify the little one. And then, the experienced teacher says, ‘Tell your father that you accidentally fell down and we’ll tell him about football after he sees how good you actually are at the game.’ The child’s face brightens up!
The educator did not encourage a lie. The child learnt the ability to communicate with discretion. She also regained any lost confidence to play football again. The crisis was defused. Situational leadership requires prompt, proper action and every situation presents us a leadership test.