Defining Leadership 5

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Last week's definition:
Leadership is having influence over a group, who believe in similar goals and philosophies as the leader. Leadership begins with one's core values and priorities in life, which can help direct their decisions and behavior.

This week's definition:
Leadership is having influence over a group, who share similar goals and philosophies as the leader. Leadership begins with one's core values and priorities in life, which can help direct their decisions and behavior.

Difference:
I was struggling with the word "believe" in last week's definition. Many people can share similar values, but believing in them seems like a stronger commitment. According to Astin (1996) commitment "implies passion, intensity, and duration." I can see a leader being fully committed to an idea, however, its followers may not have the same passion and intensity as the leader.

Citation:
Astin, H. S., & Astin, A. W. (1996). A social change model of leadership development: Guidebook (version III) (pp. 4 - 27). Los Angeles: University of California Los Angeles Higher Education Research Institute.

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