Please Define Leadership

published in: Educational articles

02 Nov

In leadership articles you will find numerous definitions of leadership. 

Why is it so challenging to get one worldwide approved definition of leadership?  The most honest answer to that question would be that it is not possible to have one detailed and broadly appreciated definition due to the fact that leadership is done by leaders, who are unique by definition.  
Researchers of leadership have produced theories about leadership involving traits, situational interaction, function, behavior, power, vision and values, charisma, and intelligence among others.  And of course, each of the theories provides different definition.
How do we define leadership then?
In order to avoid disputes we will use the following broader definition:
Business leadership is a process that grows followers and makes them want to achieve the preset organizational goals.  The leadership includes activities like visioning, building great teams, rewarding, caring, mentoring, executing, deciding, innovating, inventing future.  Leaders carry out this process by applying their leadership attributes, such as ethics, values, beliefs, character, knowledge, and skills.
The complexity of leadership
You can see from the definition how many heterogeneous activities and traits interact with the numerous followers.  The variations are millions and millions as leadership is about people, and every person is unique… Yet, there is some typology.  There are several dozens of leadership styles and theories, based on different criteria that draw us approximate directionsfor successful leadership.  There is no one superb style of leadership like there is no one perfect personality.   In different teams, in different situations and goals, in different company cultures different leadership styles will be appropriate.

The leader is the ship captain in the ocean of leadership.  The ocean is enormous, but it is not endless. Everybody can sail, but a few will become the modern Christopher Columbus, Amerigo Vespucci or Ferdinand Magellan - the ones that learn navigation best.  The most important, however, is the ship to sail ever more skillfully, ever further and with ever more capable crew.



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