“What is Leadership? I ask the question, as I believe that most of the time, most people, have difficulty answering this question.
“The difficulty lies in that leadership is a social phenomenon, which appears differently depending on the context. Leadership within a group of fire fighters evacuating a building and dealing with a blaze, will be utterly different to that of a group of academics running a University department. Indeed, precisely what made the fire fighters effective in leadership would make these academics ineffective.
(I make a similar point in my book ‘Navigating Complexity: the essential guide to complexity theory in business and management’ in the chapter called ‘Network and hierarchy’. )
“What if we could define Leadership as the ability to mobilise yourself and others towards a particular focus? How that then shows up will be different in different contexts and different moments in time.
“And how then, do we develop leadership, if it’s different moment by moment and in each different context?
“For me Leadership Development comes down to 4 key elements that” you can read about here: