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Posted on Monday, November 29th 2010 - 2:23 PM by Christina McFaul

"Leaders are not born they are made." This quote seems to resonate throughout all the leadership books, philosophies and theories out there in the universe. But how does one become a leader? How does one know that they have arrived and are ready to assume the reigns? How does one embrace the challenges of leading?

I believe it comes down to several qualities. Qualities; like having the heart of a lion, being honest, showing compassion, listening, sharing the vision and most of all being able to take purposeful risks by becoming interdependent on your team and the people that surround you. It is the ability to collaborate and inspire.

Sandra Day O'Connor said, "We don't accomplish anything in this world alone ... and whatever happens is the result of the whole tapestry of one's life and all the weavings of individual threads from one to another that creates something." That interdependence and reliance on others allows us to do great things.

Often times Interdependence is something that everyone seems to shy away from but can be the most powerful relationship trait one can have as they lead and motivate a group of individuals. Having the ability to work in a high performance team where everyone's success is defined by how everyone produces or accomplishes goals is so incredible and special. It means being interdependent but not codependent or dependent. It means all who are on the team are engaged and committed to the success of a project. And finally, it means that you have realized as a leader that it is okay to rely on others through vision and empowerment. That is when we truly accomplish more in life, foster an environment for lasting legacies and create a model that everyone will want to be a part of because they realize they have a stake in the outcome.

Look at the power of being interdependent with someone, and then realize that independent behavior although powerful is not as revolutionary as Interdependence where we move, rely and trust others for the betterment of a cause. Stephen Covey said, "The most important ingredient we put into any relationship is not what we say or what we do, but what we are. And if our words and our actions come from superficial human relations techniques (The Personality Ethic) rather than from our own inner core (The Character Ethic) others will sense that duplicity. We simply won't be able to create and sustain the foundation necessary for effective interdependence."

Interdependence is the key to empowering a global stewardship revolution.

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