If leadership is so easy to define in words why is it so hard to put into action?
When we look abroad, we fasten the term to people like Gorbachev, Walesa, De Klerk, or Mandela,for their values, courage, commitment, and skill. On the other hand, we insist that the word leadership is value-free.
- Most believe that leadership is easy and that all you need is followers to be a leader. In actuality leadership doesn't have a step by step guide of how to be an effective leader.
Our media routinely use the term leader to denote people in authority or people who have a following. The contradiction in our common understanding clouds not only the clarity of our thinking and scholarship; it shapes the quality of leadership we praise, teach, and get.