What IS Leadership?

February 22, 2012


There are many definitions of leadership, possibly because there are so many different aspects of leadership and so many ways to conceptualize leadership. However, there are common elements that form the core of the phenomenon of leadership: it is a group phenomenon; it involves influence; it is goal directed and action-oriented; and it is a process. (Northouse, 2010 & Nahavandi, 2012). With those elements in mind, let’s define leadership asĀ “a process whereby an individual influences a group of individuals to achieve a common goal” (Northouse, 2010).

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