Leadership has been described as a process of social influence in which one person can enlist the aid and support of others in the accomplishment of a common task”, although there are also other in-depth definitions of leadership. Leadership is “organizing a group of people to achieve a common goal”. The leader may or may not have any formal authority. Studies of leadership have produced theories involving traits, situational interaction, function, behavior, power, vision and values, charisma, and intelligence, among others. Somebody whom people follow: somebody who guides or directs others.
“Leaders are people who do the right thing; managers are people who do things right.”
– Professor Warren G. Bennis –
The word “leadership” can bring to mind a variety of images. For example:
” An army officer, leading an assault on an enemy position.
” An explorer, cutting a path through the jungle for the rest of his party to follow.
” An executive, developing her company’s strategy to beat the competition.
“Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.”
– Dwight D. Eisenhower –
Leaders help themselves and others to do the right things. They set direction, build an inspiring vision, and create something new. Leadership is about mapping out where you need to go to “win” as a team or an organization; and it is dynamic, exciting, and inspiring. Yet, while leaders set the direction, they must also use management skills to guide their people to the right destination, in a smooth and efficient way.