What, exactly, is leadership?

I’m in the process of developing another blog which I will devote specifically to issues of leadership. One of the features over the next few months will be a series of ‘Leadership 101’ posts. One of the new posts there is on attempting to define leadership.


It was none other than Machiavelli who suggested that ‘there is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its success, than to take the lead in a new order of things.’

But what, exactly is leadership? One count I saw had the number of definitions running act around 1500. It’s been suggested that, like the ancient proverb of the blind men attempting to describe an element, leadership has many aspects and none of them by itself appears to be an adequate definition. Warren Bennis suggested that it’s like beauty: hard to define, but you know it when you see it!


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