Everybody around the table mentioned somebody they knew.
The question that prompted the 16 of us was, “what leader inspired you?” The questioner made it clear that we could choose people we knew, or anybody else we follow.
Every person responded with a story of personal connection. As I listened to those at the table tell heartfelt stories about leaders who have helped them along life’s path, what struck me was these leaders’ proximity.
No amount of charisma, polish, knowledge, or credentials of any removed stranger had more of an impact than a leader who was nearby and involved.
The point? All leadership is personal. For better or worse, each of us influences others every day.
Your name may come up years from now in some random conversation. The question is: How will your influence be remembered?