The word 'lead' finds its origins in the Middle English word leden meaning “to conduct, accompany; bring, take, or guide” and the Old English lǣdan meaning “to go by sea, sail, or travel.”
I love word origins. I almost always learn something meaningful—and sometimes even life changing—when I look up a word and reflect on what it means and how it was originally used. When I looked up the origins of the word leadership many years ago, I was amazed!
The word lead finds its origins in the Middle English word leden meaning “to conduct, accompany; bring, take, or guide” and the Old English lǣdan meaning “to go by sea, sail, or travel.” Part of being a leader is to be a travel guide—to lead and be on a journey with others.
Equally amazing to me is the origin of the word success. It comes from the Latin succēdere, which means “to go.” The late author and psychologist, Ben Sweetland, was in alignment with that when he wrote, “Success is not a destination—it is a journey.”
Both leadership and success are journeys.
A Travel Guide to Leadership will equip you to more effectively navigate your journey of leadership, happiness, and success. It will challenge you to reflect on the awesome responsibility you chose to accept when you chose to become a leader. Discover a deeper level of who you are as a person and as a leader through fundamental strategies, steps, and tools for you to use on your leadership journey.
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Alan Mikolaj is a a professional, experienced, positive, and passionate speaker, leadership and organizational development consultant, change agent, author, and coach. He holds his Master of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology from Sam Houston State University. He is a certified graduate coach from Coaching Out of the Box and holds his ACC and membership with the International Coaching Federation (ICF).
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