Defining Leadership


Leadership can never be separated from its context.

You are a leader in a particular organisation, within a wider business environment and economic setting. The message of this guide is to encourage you to develop your own approach to leadership, building on the wisdom of others but based on your own strengths. Defining leadership is about making critical, positive differences, to the people and the organisations in which you lead. It’s leading people effectively, regardless of any contextual difficulties within which they and you are operating.

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Content: 31 pages, 5 tools

Format: downloadable pdf with in-text hyper-link navigation feature

What separates mediocre leadership from what we like to call defining leadership? Whether you think of great socio-political leaders such as Gandhi, Mandela or King, or captains of industry, like Carnegie, Ford or Branson, or entrepreneurs such as Anita Roddick, each has led in their own differing ways. Their differences are what made them unique as leaders, but it’s worthwhile thinking about the things they may have in common.

The guide is based on 5 things that leaders have in common. Of course, in reality what might be common to good leadership is often uncommon practice.

  • Your role as a leader
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  • Defining leadership
  • What do great leaders have in common
  • Leadership in context
  • Leading with vision: seeing
  • Leading with action: showing
  • Leading with purpose: shaping
  • Leading with service: serving
  • Leading with others: shared leadership
  • Tool 1: The less common leadership tool
  • Tool 2: Building a vision
  • Tool 3: The changing face of leadership
  • Tool 4: Sharing leadership
  • Tool 5: Leading change with your team
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