Cdr M G N Siddiquey,(c),psc,BN(retd)
Leadership is a matter of intelligence, trustworthiness, humaneness, courage, and discipline . . . Reliance on intelligence alone results in rebelliousness. Exercise of humaneness alone results in weakness. Fixation on trust results in folly. Dependence on the strength of courage results in violence. Excessive discipline and sternness in command result in cruelty. When one has all five virtues together, each appropriate to its function, then one can be a leader. — Sun Tzu
1. Very often we can hear today how important good leadership is to run a business successfully. But why? Why do we need good leaders? Why is a good leader essential for running a business? What is leadership anyway? And most important of all, how can one evaluate the performance of a leader? These and many other questions arise when we think about leadership. Many famous people have also made up their mind about these issues and have developed different theories about leadership. Many times, people confuse "management" with leadership, because managers and leaders have much in common. They both have power, they both use their power to run a business or operation effectively, and they both have other people that rely on them for information, ideas, and the direction of their daily activities. However, there are some vast differences between the two.
2. The purpose of this paper is to introduce, discuss, and analyze the topic of leadership. Specifically it will discuss what leadership is, and what makes a great leader. Leadership can be anything from a fine commander on the battlefield to a bold CEO of a floundering company. It can occur at just about any age, and it is much more than simply wielding power, as this analysis clearly shows. Great leaders are not merely born; many of them develop their leadership styles through study, trial, and error, and the experience of success. Great leaders are as concerned