Leadership can be an ambiguous term. We recognize what leadership is when we see it, but nailing down a definition can be tricky. Read what these experts say and notice the variance in their responses:
“Leadership is solving problems.” – Colin Powell
“A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.” —John Maxwell
“Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality.” —Warren Bennis
“Leadership is lifting a person’s vision to high sights, the raising of a person’s performance to a higher standard, the building of a personality beyond its normal limitations.” —Peter Drucker
If you want to lead, you face the challenge of operationalizing these lofty, theoretical definitions into daily actions that can help you be effective in your current environment.
That’s where this infographic can help. Effective leadership styles can change over time, and new research has identified shifting trends towards collaborative leadership. Collaborative leadership is a philosophy of leadership where the leader becomes a facilitator instead of an authority figure and allows the team or a group of people to collectively discuss problems, make decisions and innovate solutions.