Leadership is …

What exactly, Leadership is? This is a question with a lot of levels and not a singular answer!

Leadership Is
Webster defines Leadership in a descriptive way, i.e

  1. the office or position of a leader 
  2. capacity to lead
  3. the act or an instance of leading

(Source: http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/leadership)

But those definitions are not grasped the other connotations, carried out by the word. At least as it used today.

Personal Approach

As I have mentioned elsewhere, I think that there are a lot of ideas and “don’t”s,  a Leader (or an everyday person, for that matter) should employ in his/hers everyday life and business.

Self- determination, of course, things he/she should or shouldn’t indulge in, etc.

For me, though, leadership is the skill, art, science, discipline of someone to:

self-directed in indented, principle-based, goals, influencing at the same time, in a positive manner, his/hers relathionships or circles (personal, friends, work, business, etc.) 

Therefore I’d like to see the term as a wrapper or a “catch-all term“, that indicates a cluster of different varied principles, such as:

  • Vision development
  • Accountability
  • Responsibility
  • Personal development and effectiveness
  • Execution discipline
  • Trust
  • Intention
  • Commitment
  • Productivity
  • (Self) Management
  • decision Making
  • Communication
  • Skill development
  • Technical proficiency

All of that, and even more perhaps, constitute aspects of what Leadership is, and everyone participates in a larger picture, we can define it, from outside, as Leadership.

Instead of define (ergo limit it in context, content, and depth) leadership, though, I would like to furnish a different approach, aloof from the “formal” path.

Leadership is the intended actions of a responsible and accountable person, in order to define, design, develop, orchestrated and carried through his life (personal and professional life) in a mode that enhance his/her life and those of around him/her.

What do you think? This description can help you in broadening your actions and thoughts, towards your goals?


    Business Consultant, Technical Writer, and Trainer

    Takis Athanassiou is a Business Consultant, Author, and Trainer, active in the areas of leadership, business consulting, marketing, e-Learning, social media, and personal growth. He aims at the development of people, business and assets! You can check out his blog, listen to Leadership Execution podcast, and follow him on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, Pinterest, and Instagram.

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