Leadership (Definition and Types)

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  • Generally, the ability to motivate or persuade others to act in a certain way in order to achieve a goal. Leadership creates a relationship between the leader and those following. Because of this, leaders both shape their followers and are shaped by their followers. A leader's actions result in some sort of response from his or her followers, which in turn also affects his or her ability to take future actions. Thus, leadership is a mutual process of influence between the leader and the followers.

    Frequently mentioned characteristics of good leaders include vision, the ability to communicate a vision, commitment to the cause of the organization, and the ability to inspire trust. Other positive leadership characteristics cited include everything from self-confidence, to courage, to flexibility.

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