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Defining Leadership

How do you define leadership?

In my research, I've discovered at least 28 different types of leadership models and more definitions that I can count.

Some are good, some are not.

John Maxwell says, "Leadership is influence; nothing more, nothing less."

One of the best definitions of leadership is that leadership is the study of fundamental psychological processes, social influence, regarding particular issues (for example, where a collective should go and motivating people to exert energy to get there).

It is about influence.

It's about how we get a group of people to work together for a common goal.

It requires a sound psychological approach and understanding of people.

It requires the ability to influence others in a social context. (Think relationships)

And it requires motivating people to work together, and give their vest energy to the work.

How we get there can vary, depending on the individuals of our team.

Realizing that each individual is different, and may need to be approached differently, is a huge step in the right direction.

To me, true diversity is appreciating the individual, no matter who they are.


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