Series on Leadership Part 1 – What is Leadership?

Over the next few months I hope to examine, and hopefully with the help of anyone reading, intend to come to a better understanding of leadership in the modern world.

Why examine leadership? Few issues permeate our daily lives to the extent of the concept of leadership. Everyone is certainly aware of the implications of the next presidential election… few would dispute that the country is in need of better leadership (including myself… I did, however, vote for Bush…twice). Leadership not only plays a part in government and politics, but also our daily lives, whether we work at a manufacturing plant, a school, a hospital, a law firm, or even McDonald’s.

We can all certainly point out bad leaders when we work under them or when we observe them from a distance… but can we use these observations to make ourselves better leaders? More importantly, can we even define what leadership is, or what characteristics make a good or effective leader? Is leading the same as managing? Does the type of leadership that is needed vary from situation to situation?

This is a place to begin to think about what leadership is, what effect it has on our lives, and what we can do to improve ourselves as leaders. Over the next few months I hope to gain a clearer understanding of the idea of ‘leadership’. As the series progresses, please feel free to post your thoughts on the subject.

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One Response to Series on Leadership Part 1 – What is Leadership?

  1. trbpublising says:

    Thanks for the excellent post and question.

    For what it is worth leadership requires the fundamental skill set of critical thinking, and the ability to communicate clearly and effectively.

    Oratory is more than an eloquence of words, it is a window into a soul, and a mind capable of deep, rational thought. Vocabulary combined with ideas, spoken or written with prudence are qualities of leadership so sadly missing from most political conversation these days.

    These skill bring a clear focus to the master of them. A purpose not simply to act, but to get it right on day one. Experience is gained through the rites of passage into things unknown. No one knows the future – therefore no one has the experience of the future. Yet those with vision and articulate reasoning offer the best hope for a new leadership.

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