This is the first of several posts this week on my book The Journey of the Accidental Leader (HRD Press 2008).
People accidentally fall into leadership every day. Rare are today’s leaders who declared from an early age that they wanted to become leaders. Oftentimes, leadership is created by a circumstance. A person gets promoted, transferred, or unfortunately fired--and you're selected as and interim leader, a position which eventually becomes permanent. Sometimes, you volunteer to lead a team at work and that becomes an independent work unit, and you’re asked to lead it. And, sometimes you just happen to be in the right place at the right time…or the wrong place, depending on your point of view!
Next...an overview of The Journey of the Accidental Leader.