Find out what makes a great leader,
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"Leaders are people who do the right thing; managers are people who do things right."
– Professor Warren G. Bennis
"Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it."
– Dwight D. Eisenhower
The word "leadership" can bring to mind a variety of images. For example:
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. Leadership is dynamic, vibrant, and inspiring.
Yet, while leaders set the direction, they must also use management skills to guide their team to the right destination in a smooth and efficient way.
In this article, we'll focus on the process of leadership. In particular, we'll discuss the "transformational leadership" model, first proposed by James MacGregor Burns. This model highlights visionary thinking and bringing about change, instead of management processes that are only designed to maintain current performance.
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.
According to the idea of transformational leadership, an effective leader is a person who does the following:
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