What Is Leadership

Let’s talk a little about what is management and what is leadership to help differential the two.  Knowing the difference will help you focus and hone your leadership skills.

What Is Leadership?

Leadership refers to an individual’s ability to influence, encourage, and enable others to contribute toward organizational success.  Leadership skills are used to focus on a potential change by establishing direction and aligning, motivating, and inspiring people.

Who is a leader?  While a manager might try to minimize risks, a leader convinces their followers that a risk is worth taking.  A leader is someone who recognizes and celebrates accomplishments while using disappointments as learning opportunities.  It is someone who moves forward confidently, focusing on a vision.


Merriam-Webster Dictionary

The office or position of a leader
Capacity to lead
The act or an instance of leading


Leadership, as a practical skill, encompasses the ability of an individual, group or organization to "lead", influence or guide other individuals, teams, or entire organizations. The word "leadership" often gets viewed as a contested term.

Academic environments define leadership as "a process of social influence in which a person can enlist the aid and support of others in the accomplishment of a common and ethical task".

In other words, leadership can be defined as an influential power-relationship in which the power of one party (the "leader") promotes movement/change in others (the "followers").

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A great leader will create a life-long impression on how they made you feel. I had a mentor that made me feel important and I worked incredibly hard because of not of what she asked me to do, but rather how she made me feel.

“Treat a man as he is, and he will remain as he is. Treat a man as he could be, and he will become what he should be.”

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