What is Leadership?

“The greatest leader is not necessarily the one who does the greatest things. He is the one that gets the people to do the greatest things.”

– Ronald Reagan

Leadership, by definition, requires qualities and actions that inspire and influence a group of people. The leader is not only the face of a company or an organization, but also one of the prime influences and sources of inspiration for all the employees and those he or she leads.

Often, there is a misconception that the leader needs to know more than those they lead. However, leading is more about equipping people with information and inspiring them to complete the task.

Much of being a leader is about getting things done. That may seem at odds with the previous statement, but in fact being an all-encompassing, typically yields the most rewards. Often, a leader will need to depend on those below him in order for the group as a whole to operate with the most impact. So as a leader, enabling your followers to be the best version of themselves, rather than just an extension of yourself, can prove the most effective. “Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it,” says former President Dwight D. Eisenhower. This is why your appearance and example as a leader is so vital, because you have the ability to best inspire and advise those who follow you.

Small things like frequent and clear communication, charismatic high energy, and decisive actions can go a long way. Having a clear vision as a leader and communicating that vision, better ensures your group is working toward the same goal. And when everyone is on the same page and shares a mutual respect for the leadership, the group is in the best position to see positive results.

Kelly D. Scott
Chairman/CEO
The world’s leading business advisory and executive coaching organization