Leadership can be defined as one's ability to get others to willingly follow.
Every organization needs leaders at every level.
"Good business leaders create a vision, articulate the vision, passionately own the vision and relentlessly drive it to completion." as said by Jack Welch, former chairman and CEO of General Electric Co.
A leader must be able to communicate his or her vision in terms that cause followers to buy into it. He or she must communicate clearly and passionately, as passion is contagious.
A good objective of leadership is to help those who are doing poorly to do well and to help those who are doing well to do even better.
The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and self-restraint to keep from meddling with them while they do it.
Leadership is solving problems. The day soldiers stop bringing you their problems is 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.
Judgment of the people in the situation is not helpful. How can you help them is the question.
A leader does not suffer “analysis paralysis” but is always doing something in pursuit of the vision, inspiring others to do the same.
Integrity , Magnanimity , Creativity , Assertiveness and a Sense of humor are some important traits which anyone can develop to be a good leader.
The key to successful leadership today is influence, not authority.
"Leadership is intentional influence."