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What REALLY leadership is all about


There are as many definitions of leadership as the thousands of books that were written on the topic over the years. Leadership has so many meanings and there is no right or wrong answer to the question of what leadership is. Depending on the person who leads and those being led, on any given day, leadership can mean teaching, coaching, motivating, cheerleading, counseling, guiding, correcting, protecting, explaining, and observing. Leadership requires that you chair meetings, hold hands, explain decisions, think about the future, and resolve conflict. None of these actions or tasks will happen discretely; usually, they’ll happen all at once.


If we want a quick, brief, and general definition of leadership, we can say that leadership is the ability to bring like-minded people together to get remarkable things done. Because humans are social species and natural hierarchies develop, the concept of leadership emerged. Someone must be in charge, share a vision, and lead others towards goals.


Leaders:

1. Define the task – they must make it clear what the group is expected to do.

2. Achieve the task – that is why the group exists. Leaders ensure that the group’s purpose is fulfilled. If it is not, the result is frustration, disharmony, criticism, and perhaps eventually disintegration of the group.

3. Maintain effective relationships – between themselves and the members of the group, and between the people within the group. These relationships are effective if they contribute to achieving the task. They can be divided into those concerned with the team and its morale and sense of common pu