I had the pleasure of attending Dan Kleinman's presentation to the CQI Thames Valley Branch this month. One of the concepts that really stuck with me is that great leadership depends on context.
Reflecting on this, I realised that the nursery school teacher trying to put on a nativity needs a very different approach than the CEO of a global conglomerate (although some might argue the parallels!). The army officer with multiple overseas tours behind him faces the planning of his teenager's birthday party with no idea where to start. They may be great leaders in their own environments, but give them a different context and the same skills won't apply.
I think that sometimes the leadership context is framed by the perceptions of the people involved...
So, as a leader, this World Quality Day, take the time to stop and think about your context. Make the effort to listen to your team and understand their perceptions. Reflect on the reactions of the people around you and consider if your leadership is right for your context.