Leadership means different things to different people around the world, and different things in different situations. For example, it could relate to community leadership, religious leadership, political leadership, and leadership of campaigning groups. This article focuses on the Western model of individual leadership, and discusses leadership in the workplace rather than in other areas.

According to the idea of leadership, an effective leader is a man/woman who does the following:

  1. Creates an inspiring vision of the nearest future.
  2. Motivates members of the group to engage with that vision.
  3. Manages each delivery of the vision parts.
  4. Coaches and builds a team, so that it is more effective at achieving the vision.

Leaders help themselves and others to do the right things. They set direction, build an inspiring vision, and create something new. Leadership is about mapping out where you need to go to “win” as a team or an organization.

Yet, while leaders set the direction, they must also use management skills to guide their people to the right destination, in a smooth and efficient way.