A Perception of Leadership

A Perception of Leadership

A Perception of Leadership
March 3, 1998

To be considered a leader, one must be distinguished beyond their established position, and by their actions and not orders, motivate others to willingly and eagerly follow. Although often associated by and connected with a position in an organization, it is a role that must be earned and does not automatically come with the title of manager, president, administrator, or general. Organizations do not have the title of leader.

Certain management positions in organizations ideally will be filled with individuals who have leadership skills, but simply because it is desirable is not a guarantee that it is going to happen. A title or position in an organization may lend credibility to an individual in the short run, where there is a natural tendency for subordinates to be supportive, but many human characteristics are critical for leadership to occur over longer periods. Further, and even more critical, these human skills are not vested in that position or title, and cannot be taught to all persons. Therefore, the mere fact that one has management training, of because they have obtained a management position, does not make them a leader. Some of the human skills

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