The Meanings of Leadership

I’ve been interviewing experts, asking them “What is leadership?” I’m not getting one answer.

One business school professor who studies and teaches leadership almost exclusively said “taking initiative.” I shared that with a lifelong leadership coach and trainer of several thousand executives, who scoffed. Leadership, he said, is “getting results through others.”

Amazon has a gold mine of definitions – 221,130 books return if you search on the word “leadership.” Sort these by publication date and you see they are coming out at the rate of several dozen or more per month.

I don’t have a good answer yet. I think we have the makings of a very good question.

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