February 01, 2012

Why leadership means something different to each one

Today, after the presentations of the definitions of leadership I really understood the meaning of the followingleadership.jpg quote:

"There are almost as many different definitions of leadership as there are persons who have attempted to define the concept" (Bass, 1981).

Since this course is comprised of people from all walks of life who have different background, understanding, thinking and so on, it is completely logical that leadership is perceived differently. As there is no right or wrong answer, everyone can interpret it as he or she wants.

However, my personal point of view is that only after we have a lot of experience we can really understand what leadership means to us. For now we need to stay open minded and learn the most we can. But when we are going to be in a leading position, then I'm sure that we will really understand the true meaning of leadership and thus we will create our leadership brand (i.e. how people perceive us as leaders and what we want to be known for).


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  1. Oritseweyinmi Barber

    Quite right, i believe that after we have all had a few years experience in industry, we will each come to our own personal definitions of what Leadership is and means to us as individuals. Truly, I believe that today, there were no wrong answers.

    01 Feb 2012, 19:06

  2. Manav Gupta

    I quite agree with you Ilektra to the point that we all had different leadership definitions as we all came from different parts of the world watching different issues and experiencing different problems. So, we do have different perception about certain things. However, I feel that in essence, we all had focused on the same few points which are absolutely necessary for leadership and thus, had almost the same definitions. But yes I quite agree with you when you say that we should have our minds open to learn as much as from this module and should try and forget our perceptions or preconceived notions which we have because of our background as having them may lead us to being rigid to any new viewpoint towards certain topics.

    02 Feb 2012, 02:03

  3. Daniella Abena Badu

    That is well said, I totally agree with you however we can also use this opportunity to add to our knowledge and personal development by taking the positive attributes in the definitions we are given and making it our own so that we can contribute positively to our community .

    02 Feb 2012, 08:45

  4. Ilektra-maria Kaldi

    Manav, I will agree with you, that almost all of us came up with some sort of similar definitions, or that we pointed out the same key elements of the previous definitions of leadership. Given that, I already believe that the new generation is thinking in a different way about such an important thing like leadership and it makes me feel really optimistic about the future and what kind of leaders might be.

    02 Feb 2012, 21:42

  5. Natnicha Tangkijngamvong

    I agree that how we perceive the definition of leadership depends on the experiences that we have had. as we grown up, it’s those experiences and cultures that shape us along the way. I think leadership is actually a common sense/ concept that anyone would be able to give definitions, but it’s how we portray it- that is different. thus that’s how we, at the end, become differentiate and unique leaders with our own leadership brands.

    04 Feb 2012, 20:05


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