What is Leadership

What is Leadership and Who Are the Leaders – by Shahram Ghanbari

What is Leadership? And who are the Leaders?

To handle yourself, use your head; to handle others, use your heart.
Eleanor Roosevelt

What is Leadership?

A simple definition is that leadership is the art of motivating a group of people to act towards achieving a common goal. To elaborate on that, we can define leadership as creating the conditions for people to thrive, individually and collectively and achieve significant goals. Ronald Reagan once said that the greatest leader is not necessarily the one who does the greatest things. He is the one that gets the people to do the greatest things. Here, I want to use an analogy: leaders are like gardeners. Gardeners have to understand the circumstances in which they are working and work with the elements and the plants to create the conditions for sustainable growth. The difference of course is that, in organizations, the leader is not dealing with plants but with people who increasingly demand a voice in how decisions are made!

Leaders must be close enough to relate to others, but far enough ahead to motivate them.
John C. Maxwell

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Now let’s look at who the leaders are

They are mostly complex figures, they often have phenomenal drive and persistence; they overcome adversity and rejection. Above all, leaders create and modify physical environment with psychological and cultural consequences, creating physical analogues of their leadership style and approach. Effective leadership includes character. In other words, leaders exhibit honesty, integrity, trustworthiness, and ethics. Strong leadership involves clear communication skills. As a result, leaders speak with and listen to staff embers, respond to questions and concerns, and are empathetic. Productive leadership shows optimism and provides positive energy for staff. Leaders are helpful by nature and truly concerned about others’ well-being. They find answers to challenges and are the first to reassure and inspire workers when things do not go according to plan. Furthermore, they find ways for staff to work together and achieve maximum results in an efficient and effective manner.

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