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Definitions of Leadership

There are many definitions of what leadership is however the bottom line is that leadership involves inspiring others, hence influencing them to be motivated to bring about positive changes and therefore make a difference (Durbin, Dalglish & Miller, 2006, pp. 3-4). However one important thing to keep in mind is the context or the situation to which such applies. Below are many definitions and quotes of what is leadership taken in different context.
 
Leadership "is about coping with change. Leaders establish direction by developing a vision of the future; then they align people by communicating this vision and inspiring them to overcome hurdles" (Robbins, Millett & Waters-Marsh, 2004).
 
"The best teacher is the one who suggests rather than dogmatizes, and inspires his listener with the wish to teach himself" (Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton).
 
"The best vision is insight" (Malcolm S. Forbes).
 
"The bravest are surely those who have the clearest vision of what is before them, glory and danger alike, and yet notwithstanding, go out and meet it" (Thucydides).

"The country is full of good coaches. What it takes to win is a bunch of interested players" (Don Coryell, ex-San Diego Chargers Coach).

"The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn" (Ralph Waldo Emerson).


The cynic says, "One man can't do anything" (John W. Gardner).

"Leadership is a function of knowing yourself, having a vision that is well communicated, building trust among colleagues, and taking effective action to realize your own leadership potential" (Warren Bennis)

"The process of influencing the behavior of other people toward group goals in a way that fully respects their freedom. The emphasis on respecting their freedom is an important one, and one which must be the hallmark of Christian leadership. Jesus influenced many diverse people during his ministry but compelled no-one to follow Him" (Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester).

My definition of a leader . . ."is a man who can persuade people to do what they don't want to do, or do what they're too lazy to do, and like it" (Harry S. Truman, 1884-1972, Thirty-third President of the United States, Miller, More Plan Speaking).

"You cannot manage men into battle. You manage things; you lead people" (Grace Hopper, Admiral, U. S. Navy (retired), Nova ( PBS TV), 1986).

"The superior leader gets things done with very little motion. He imparts instruction not through many words but through a few deeds. He keeps informed about everything but interferes hardly at all. He is a catalyst, and though things would not get done well if he weren't’t there, when they succeed he takes no credit. And because he takes no credit, credit never leaves him" (Lao Tse, Tao Te Ching).

"Leadership occurs when one person induces others to work toward some predetermined objectives" (Massie).

"Leadership is the art to of influencing and directing people in such a way that will win their obedience, confidence, respect and loyal cooperation in achieving common objectives" (U. S. Air Force).

"Be gentle and you can be bold; be frugal and you can be liberal; avoid putting yourself before others and you can become a leader among men" (Lao Tze).

"Managers have subordinates—leaders have followers" (Murray Johannsen).

"The ultimate test of practical leadership is the realization of intended, real change that meets people’s enduring needs" (James MacGregor Burns).

 

 

 
 

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