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One-Definition-A-Day: On Leadership


It has been said that there are as many definitions of leadership as there are individuals studying leadership.

Though there is no agreed-on definition of leadership, two themes consistently emerge. 

First, leaders influence the behavior of others. Second, this influence is intentional and directed toward some desired objective such as developing a new product, achieving a sales goal, building a home for orphans, or raising student exam scores.

Dean Keith Simonton of the University of California at Berkeley, in his seminal work Greatness: Who Makes History and Why, defined leadership in general as “that group member whose influence on group attitudes, performance, or decision making greatly exceeds that of the average member of the group” (Simonton 1994,17). 

The Global Leadership and Organizational Behavior Effectiveness (GLOBE) international research project defined effective organizational leadership as “the ability of an individual to influence, mot…