Defining leadership

Defining leadership

Recently I was asked to write an essay about how I define leadership, and how I live this out in my daily life. While I find the subject endlessly fascinating I have also come to realise that there are about as many definitions of what leadership is as there are people in the world. Equally, many things associated with leadership are also intrinsic – actions we do either consciously or unconsciously, and they end up defining us as individuals and subsequently also our style of leadership. Thus here is but one view, and I hope it will inspire you to share some of your thoughts on this too. For me leadership consists of 4 elements that are inter-dependent: The first two are about self-leadership in terms of doing the right things as well as doing things right, and the second two are about leading others, where for me defining the vision or direction is one, yet almost meaningless without its companion, empowering others…