Leadership is versatile. Leadership is not easy. Leadership is in all of us, but for some it takes a little more effort to find it. The mark of a great leader is someone who not only can inspire and motivate a team of people, but also someone who knows that they can take the helm of any situation and be able to fluidly transition from skill to skill or idea to idea, creating new and lasting solutions.
We look to our leaders to provide for us and to protect us. Leaders need to be able to navigate any sea of waters and steer their ship away from danger and towards safety. Because of this, a leader needs to be a jack of all trades. A leader needs to be able to understand everything and be able to do anything. The more a leader knows, the larger an advantage they have in life and in business.
The Jack of All Trades Leader
The jack of all trades leader will always have an edge over any specialist. Why? Because that is the essence of what leadership is. To inspire others, to motivate others, to lead others, we must be able to connect with and understand others, and we must be able to see the world differently than others.
Think of leadership as a talent itself. Just as someone wants to be a computer programmer, an engineer, an architect, someone can be a leader. And just as an engineer has a subset of skills that follow that path of an engineer, so does a leader. Leaders just happen to have the largest and most broad skill-sets available.
Why should we be versatile leaders? The art of mastering many disciplines is an old concept. It began with the Greeks, which some considered them to be the most intelligent culture to ever exist.
- Knowledge is a super power. Vast knowledge results in new perspectives and opportunities. The more you learn the easier will your life become. Additionally, a person who can do anything is a person who has experienced a lot. Experience leads to knowledge, wisdom, and maturity. Leaders need to embody these traits and empower themselves and others with this.
- Flexibility is more than a physical term. A flexible intellectual acumen shows a very deep set of skills and abilities. This person is capable of adjusting to the needs of their business, employer, or personal life.
- A jack of all trades has a different perspective than most. The traditional linear mindset is changed into a circular view and awareness. These leaders see above, beyond, below and behind all the world has to offer. Such a person realizes the world always changes and nothing goes according to plan. Surprises are welcomed, problems lead to creative solutions, and vision are pushed to the limits.
- Leaders should be chameleons. From the warehouse employee to the board of directors, leaders have to be able to connect with everyone in an organization. No matter the challenge, the jack of all trades leader is ready to take it head on. A jack of all trades leader does not think inside the box or outside the box. For them, there is no box at all.
As leaders, we realize that each person we interact with is someone whose life we can change. Someone who could be a friend, coworker, or mentor. We also realize that we can change our own lives. We can empower ourselves to learn, grow and experience all the world has to offer and then translate that into a meaningful application of business and life.