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Compare and discuss four definitions of leadership.

Everyone seems to know what leadership is but few people can define it. In this course, leadership is 'Setting the appropriate direction for the organization and then getting people to do what's needed for success'. You need to become familiar with a variety of definitions so that you can customize your own leadership framework.

Task Description

Go to the Internet and find four different definitions of leadership, preferably those stated by well-known leaders. Find two that you basically agree with and two that you do not.

Discuss your definitions. What do they have in common and what are the differences. Is it important that you and your colleagues agree on the same definition? Why or why not?

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Four famous leadership definitions:

"A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way." - John C. Maxwell

"The function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers." - Ralph Nader

"Leadership is solving problems. The day soldiers stop bringing you their problems are the day you have stopped leading them. They have either lost confidence that you can help or concluded you do not care. Either case is a failure of leadership." - Colin Powell

"Leadership is not about changing the mindset of the group, but in the cultivation of an environment that brings out the best and inspires the individuals in that ...

Solution Summary

Everyone seems to know what leadership is but few people can define it. In this course, leadership is 'Setting the appropriate direction for the organization and then getting people to do what's needed for success'. You need to become familiar with a variety of definitions so that you can customize your own leadership framework.

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