Leadership doesn’t exist in a vacuum. It exists in a context.
Within an industry, within a particular business, alongside unique supplier and customer relationships, with a unique team, with specific competitors, aimed at a specific goal or timeline, just to name a few of the key elements of context.
Leaders who know their context can ensure that their leadership is most relevant – to employees, to customers, to goals and ultimately to success. They can ensure that their leadership focuses on the best opportunities and also on the greatest threats.
And in thinking like this, it gives you a better perspective on your role too. You’re not the centre of the universe. You’re just a piece of a giant puzzle. Again, it’s not about you. It’s about being relevant and impactful in the context in which you sit.