What is a Leader?
“Leadership is the accomplishment of a goal through the direction of human assistants. The man who successfully marshals his human collaborators to achieve particular ends is a leader. A great leader is one who can do so day after day, and year after year, in a wide variety of circumstances.” W.C.H. Prentice (1961)
A leader is a person who influences a group of people towards the achievement of a goal.
Definitions of “leader” have evolved somewhat over time but retain some core elements. Whether one has an official leadership role or not, effective leaders are able to envision a change, motivate and inspire others to work toward that vision, and successfully align their efforts and resources to accomplish it.
Who you are as a leader will depend on your own unique personality traits, attributes, experiences, skills and expertise and the contexts in which you lead. Developing your leadership ability is a lifelong learning journey.
The first part of that journey begins by becoming familiar with leadership and leadership styles. We encourage you to reflect on your leadership experience, explore leadership self-assessments and seek feedback from those who know and work with you to learn about your strengths and areas for improvement as a leader. We also encourage you to explore the “Know Yourself, Lead Yourself” leadership destination for a deeper dive into self-awareness and other aspects of emotional intelligence.