Defination of Leadership- Qualities and Types

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1)The activity of leading a group of people or an organization or the ability to do this. Leadership involves
(1)establishing a clear vision,
(2)sharing that vision with others so that they will follow willingly, (3)providing the information, knowledge and methods to realize that vision, & (4)coordinating and balancing the conflicting interests of all members and stakeholders. A leader steps up in times of crisis, and is able to think and act creatively in difficult situations. Unlike management, leadership cannot be taught, although it may be learned and enhanced through coaching or mentoring. Someone with great leadership skills today is Bill Gates who, despite early failures , with continued passion and innovation has driven Microsoft and the software industry to success. 2)Leadership is a process by which a person influences others to accomplish an objective and directs the organization in a way that makes it more cohesive and coherent. 3)Leadership is a process whereby an individual influences a group of individuals to achieve a common goal. Leaders carry out this process by applying their leadership knowledge and skills. This is called Process Leadership. However, we know that we have traits that can influence our actions. This is called Trait Leadership, in that it was once common to believe that leaders were born rather than made. These two leadership types are shown in the chart below:

While leadership is learned, the skills and knowledge processed by the leader can be influenced by his or hers attributes or traits, such as beliefs, values, ethics, and character. Knowledge and skills contribute directly to the process of leadership, while the other attributes give the leader certain characteristics that make him or her unique. A successful leader share the following characteristics or qualities: 1.Mission: Leaders know what their mission is. They know why the organization exists. A superior leader has a well thought out...
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