Test yourself against these contemporary definitions of leadership and see if you fit the bill
Ask 10 professors and business gurus for a definition of leadership and you’ll get at least 20 different answers. These will range from the gnomic:
The pessimist complains about the wind. The optimist expects it to change. The leader adjusts the sails.
(that’s great John, will be useful next time I’m out sailing)
… to the prosaic:
The ability to influence a group toward the achievement of a vision or a set of goals.
Robbins & Judge
(see ‘Organizational Behavior’, pub Pearson – really useful book though)
I’m such a simpleton and always so keen to get on and actually do things, that I need something a little easier to remember, straightforward to apply and easy to share. So here’s my definition. A leader is:
Anybody who wants to do something important
and needs other people to help.
How do you frame your own brand of leadership, and what does it mean to you?