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What Is Leadership? 10 Ways To Define It

What Is Leadership? 10 Ways To Define It

What is leadership? Each of us believe we have a good idea about what it means to be a good leader, but when it comes to defining the concept, the picture is not so clear. For some, leadership is motivation, for others, it equals results, for others it is inspiration.

Anyway, we can define leadership based on common elements that we all agree on. Here are 10 ways to define the art of leading:

1. Vision

Leading means having a vision and sharing it with others. Only when you get to inspire others, it is possible to share a common goal towards which to direct the efforts and dedication of the entire team. What is your vision?

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2. Motivation

The leader knows how to motivate better than anyone else; it is one of their main functions as people managers. Through motivation, the leader channels the energy and professional potential of their coworkers, in order to achieve the objectives.

3. Serving

The leader is at the service of the team, and not the other way around. Group members must have and feel the support of their leader, the tools needed to do their jobs properly must be available to them, they must have recognition for their efforts and know that there is a person paying attention in order to correct bad habits. That is all part of a leadership which serves the team, and not the opposite.

4. Empathy

One of the basic qualities of any leader seeking success is precisely emotional intelligence, that ability – often innate – that makes leaders put themselves in the place of others, understand their concerns and solve problems. Leaders know the secrets of their businesses and therefore can empathize with customers and members of their teams: that empathy gets to inspire and establish links that will ultimately lead to success.

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5. Creativity

The definition of leadership also has to do with creativity. Good leaders are able to create an environment that will encourage all the members of their team to develop their skills and imagination, so that they can contribute to the common project and vision of the company. If you want to lead successfully, respect the creativity of others and learn from the people around you; their ideas will surely prove to be positive for you.

6. Thoroughness

A good leader sets the bar high for their people, because they want to reach the goals and make the best of their teams. Only a demanding leader will achieve great results. In addition to this thoroughness, the leader must know how to listen, in order to know the needs of the people, and then provide the necessary time and resources for them to do their job properly, and therefore meet what is demanded of them.

7. Managing

The leader must be at the forefront to lead and guide their team throughout the whole process until the goal is reached. But besides being that “torchbearer”, leaders also know when to step back and make their team take the initiative. In this way, the team gets the chance to develop, both personally and professionally. Pure management focuses on the tasks, real leadership focuses on the people.

8. Team building

True leadership is about working in a team to reach a common goal. People management is one of the most difficult tasks faced by leaders. Thanks to the positive attitude, essential in good leaders, and the trust in their workmates, people get better results. Team-aware leaders take responsibility when something is wrong, and reward the group after a job well done.

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9. Taking risks

The leader is the one responsible for taking the risks that others are not willing to take. They are confident enough to make a decision, and if they make a mistake, the leader must have the courage to rectify, assume their guilt and take the right path, without blaming it on the team. Good leaders know how to get ahead of their time, they see opportunities where others can’t and know how to spread the enthusiasm for their vision to try to make it real.

10. Improving

True leadership seeks continuous improvement. Leaders have the ability to turn the people in their teams into stars, people who have improved and developed their skills through the influence of their leader.

In short, the definition of leadership has nothing to do with the hierarchy or position of anyone in the company; it has nothing to do with imposing views but with listening to those who know. Leadership is the attitude assumed by those looking for something different, who are committed to achieving a goal and whose conviction they manage to transmit to others through enthusiasm and optimism to reach a common goal.

What is leadership for you?

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maddie says:

good it helped me understand leadership

Randall Harris says:

“Managers light a fire under people; leaders light a fire in people.”
― Kathy Austin, Management Consultant.

Namkoko says:

Really helpful

Mikail Babatunde says:

leadership mean going in front and direct people to achieve common goals

CJ Starnes says:

I found this to article to be a very interesting read. I was encouraged by the portion of the article that summarizes leadership as the attitude in which an individual takes on tasks to meet an objective. Through this positive attitude, a leader is able to encourage those around them to persevere and strive for the same goals.

LINDA says:


Somila says:

Leadership is the ability to bring peace

John Harper says:

Is there a spark of leadership in most persons? If so, shouldn’t some discussion be engaged in re levels of and reasons for submissiveness as it relates to leadership, if it does?

Triceratops says:

this web is truly amazing love to just read about leadership

Pegesus says:

Truly amazing work here because I for one know that when I’m bored I always look at websites that talk about leadership

Kevin Wilks says:

The tools of trade of a leader are other people. The job of a leader is to combine the collective wisdom of many minds into a single plan of action. To do this, a leader must have the personality necessary to get the best out of other people. At the end of discussion, the leader has the casting vote in making a decision, after which, his decision becomes that of the whole team from which there must be no dissenters.

Okony Kono says:

This is one of the best definition of leadership I have yet come across. Thank you Game-Learn!

Maria Luisa Roja says:

this is very helpful and useful. Thanks so much for sharing this to us. God bless and more power.

Roy says:

Enjoyed your 10 characteristics of Leadership. Thank you

Genesis says:

Hi,my problem is that I find myself creating an anger towards my colleagues while I’m trying my best into doing my job in my working environment and no complement after all ,please help.Regards :Mthethwa M.T

luthando says:

thats fruit full can u send this to my email address please all the step together with other knowledge of being a good leader please

Rodney Maye says:

Thank you so much for your words of inspiration!

Gamelearn says:

Thank you Rodney!

Gorakh says:

Thanks for giving knowlaged
Hope more

BARIA V B says:

Narendra Modiji is a leader in the true sense. One who not only leads by example, but also infuses confidence in his team.

johnscott says:

I noticed that there is nothing about high ethics/moral compass. Yet, that is just what is getting leaders (and us) in trouble in these times. I have always told my subordinates: “Do the right thing, the first time”. Be brave, have courage to do what’s right. Example is that I noticed that the CEO of Wells Fargo is retiring with a rather hefty, millions, bonus. Yet it is his company that apparently engaged in wrongdoing during his tenure by creating false accounts so business would look better. CEO’s seem not to have a moral compass and perhaps that’s because the Business World doesn’t punish them, they get millions reagardless if Congress finds them in criminal situations or not. Get some ethics and cleanse the higher ranks so our younger folks can see ethical persons in charge.

Jackson says:

Truly just amazing work here

Mbalhuwako David Mayerson says:

I have liked these definitions they explain what is required of a leader they will help me answer my course work and inspire me to inspire others

Jayanti. says:

very nice and use full to All types of leader/manager. relay i m glad to get such knowledge.