“A leader takes people where they want to go. A great leader takes people where they don't necessarily want to go, but ought to be.” – Rosalynn Carter
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Leadership is a concept everyone is aware of, but only a few master it and its implications. In this guide, we will examine what leadership truly stands for and what it means in the modern world. We'll explore the traits and characteristics of leadership, as well as the skills needed in order to lead. We'll also explain the different leadership theories and the styles which current and future leaders can take advantage of.
DEFINITION OF LEADERSHIP
Defining leadership might seem straightforward; you just go to Google and type in ‘definition of leadership', right? But the results tell a different story. Instead of a single definition of what leadership is and isn't, you'll be greeted with millions of pages analyzing the subject. Leadership is not an easy concept to characterize.
If you examine the definitions in the Dictionary, you get a selection of descriptions. Leadership is defined as “the position of function of a leader, a person who guides or directs a group” and “an act of instance of leading; guidance; direction”, for example. But these definitions tend to feel like they are just scraping the surface and providing a stripped-down version of the word.
The attempts to define leadership have been around since the start of the 20th century, when theorists started to tackle the issues surrounding leadership and management in more detail. One of the influential leadership theorists, Dr Bernard Bass, has said in the book Stodgill's Handbook of Leadership: A Survey of Theory and Research in 1981, “There are as many different definitions of leadership as there are persons who have attempted to define ...read more