In the world, there
is much confusion about very crucial human capability called leadership.
Whenever we talk about
leadership, and indeed it is frequently discussed topic, our mind race
personalities like Julius Caesar, Napoleon, George Washington and many
others. In the process
we overlook the cardinal fact that almost all of us have to play leadership
role at some time or
other. Good leadership is needed in family (N: perhaps most important level
- rising children, or even
things like cooking lunch ...), in farms and factories, in small businesses
and in large enterprises, in
school and universities, in dispensaries and hospitals, in civil and military
organs of the state, in public life
at every level, in nations and the world.
There are more than 350 definitions for the world "leadership" in academic literature in English language alone. It indicate general confusion that prevails about the subject, as also its complexity. Given below is the definition which has a touch of practical commonsense:
"Leadership is the capacity to frame plans that will succeed and the faculty to persuade other to carry them out in the face of all difficulties."
In normal parlance the definition we have adopted can be expressed in very simple term. In any situation, no matter at what level or how complex, leadership amounts to:
Knowing what to do + GETTING THINGS DONE
The difference in size of letters in the two parts indicate the relative importance of two components. To make realistic plan is important. But, to get it implemented is a far more important and challenging capability of a leader. Sound knowledge of the field of our work helps us in deciding what to do and the strength of our character helps us in getting things done. In management terminology, the definition can be expressed as:
Capability + EFFECTIVENESS
is the term used for leadership in management literature)
N: For now, that would
be all, but I plan to update this page soon ....