A leader is an inspirational figure and leading is a complex activity involving planning, organizing, directing (or leading) and controlling. Leadership is the ability to inspire confidence in and support among the people. Leadership is often regarded as a partnership or collaboration between leaders and group members. A leader creates a vision to direct the organization.
Leadership is a process whereby an individual influences a group of individuals to achieve a common goal. Leadership is the process of inducing others to take action toward a common goal.
Dimensions of a leader
Leadership has five dimensions.Leadership is a trait, which often inherited. Leadership is considered as the capacity or ability to lead and can be acquired by practice.Leadership is a skill or competency developed to accomplish a task effectively. Leadership is also a behavior that can be observable in an individual. Finally leadership is a relationship centered on the communication between leaders and followers. Leadership is a relational concept. Leadership exists only in relation to others - namely followers. Leadership is a process. In order to lead, the leader must do something. Leadership requires inducing others to take action.
Types of leadership
Leadership can be of two types such as transformational and transactional. Transformational leadership has been defined as leadership that involves changing the organization (change focussed). Such leadership typically involves passion and self-sacrifice, confidence and determination. Transactional leadership has been defined as leadership that maintains or continues the status quo.
Central formula of leadership( Max Landsberg 2000)
Leadership = Vision X Inspiration X Momentum
The essence of leadership is the ability to create vision, inspiration and momentum in a group of people.
The Are-Know - Do model of leadership attributesWho leaders are - Character and personality- values, motives, abilities, traits, commitment, honesty, courage, imagination.
What leaders know - Competencies and skills (people skills).
What leaders do - Habits, behaviours,style, leading by example.
Inspirational quote on leadership"A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way and
shows the way". -John C.Maxwell.
"A leader is a dealer in hope." -Napoleon.
"Leadership is the capacity and will to rally men and women
to a common purpose and the character
which inspires confidence." -Bernard Montgomery,British Field Marshal.
"Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality." -Warren Bennis.