The Definition of Leadership


Everyone defines leadership differently. We wanted to explore the definition of leadership to help you create your own leadership style.

The definition of leadership

Here is the definition of leadership from 7 successful career experts and authors:

“Working with and through others to achieve objectives.” Dr. Paul Hersey, Co-Author of Management of Organization Behavior
“Communicating to people their worth and potential so clearly that they are inspired to see it in themselves.  Because of the definition I use for leadership, the ability to become such a leader is a choice that any person can make; any parent or grandparent, any teacher, any coach, any co-worker, and friend.”  –Stephen Covey, author of The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People
“Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.”-Dwight D. Eisenhower
“A good leader or high performance leader is someone who has energy, can articulate a vision and inspire others to perform, makes the tough decisions, has the skill to deliver and never fails to deliver the financials.” – Jack Welch, author of Good to Great

Leadership goes above and beyond just being the boss.

“A leader is somebody who sets a positive example for others and encourages, supports and motivates the people that he or she comes into contact with. For me, leadership goes above and beyond just being the boss.  I think anyone can be a great leader no matter what they do. -Anna Runyan, Founder and CEO of Classycareergirl.com
“Leadership is about making others better as a result of your presence and making sure that impact lasts in your absence.― Sheryl Sandberg, author of Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead
“Leadership is hard to define and good leadership even harder. But if you can get people to follow you to the ends of the earth, you are a great leader.” -Indra Nooyi, CEO of PepsiCo

What is your definition of leadership?


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