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February 08, 2011

LE–Can we really define Leadership ?

Our first task for the module was to define leadership. Although as a group we were able to make sense out of the matrix and use it an effective way, it was very hard to create a precise and accurate definition for leadership. Defining leadership was just not as straightforward as it first seemed. It was a great help that Paul had already provided us with some very good definitions given by academic authors. However, every definition although similar in nature constituted of different elements that the authors considered important. The question was can we really provide a single and a concise definition to leadership?

I believe leadership is subjective in nature. For example, in the activity that we performed on the first day of the module (the boat example) in which each group had to select a leader and a deputy leader, there were variations across groups on who they think should be the perfect leader. In the end, there was no correct or incorect answer, leader was chosen based on our perception of and expectatitions from a leader and resultant, groups in general had different combinations. Therefore, definition of leadership would vary across organisations, situations.

Also,a leader has to deal with employees. Employees are human resource and humans in nature are unpredictable. We all are different individuals and we all think differently. Therefore, how we perceive a leader to be and what we expect from him may be different from the others viewpoints. As a result, in my view there is no such thing as an ideal' or a 'perfect' definition of leadership. It may be easy to establish what we think should be the qualities of a leader and in what way should he ideally act in an organisation  but it is impossible to give a single definition to leadership.

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