My definition last week: Leadership applies to those in a position and it is a quality that anyone can posses or lack; part of being a leader is being a servant.
This week's definition: Leadership can be viewed positionally, though it also incorporates the ability to dynamically blend a mixture of leadership styles to address each unique situation. Leadership involves serving others, and it can be an extenuation of the leader's personhood.
Analysis: My new definition clarifies the concept I discussed last week regarding the ability to utilize a specific set of leadership styles based upon the leader's judgment of the situation. In this week's definition, I also gave reference to what the reading discussed regarding how personal vision can influence a leader. According to Lee & King (2001), the ability "to articulate a personal vision can increase [a leader's] ability to articulate a leadership vision" (p. 33). This is especially true of younger leaders, when a person has experienced fewer opportunities to fully discover their identity and modus operandi as a leader. Lee & King (2001) also argue that with age, "leadership may become so integral to [a leader's] life that [they] don't need to draw a clear distinction between personal vision and leadership vision" (p. 34). Therefore, more experienced leaders may have completely blended how they lead and how they live to a point where each component is indistinguishable. I would concur with this suggestion, noting that in personal experience, I have observed myself intuitively adapting my actions in response to a shift in the current state of affairs. For example: one day when I was in high school, the class I was in was watching a movie (during which I was demonstrating very little leadership). Yet when a classmate unexpectedly had a seizure, I instantly began manifesting a greater degree of leadership than even the teacher (I'll omit details due to privacy and brevity of blog post). This is just one example in which personal experience supports the authors' claims about joint vision.
Lee, Robert J. and Sara N. King (2001). "Ground Your Leadership Vision in Personal Vision," in Discovering the Leader in You: A guide to realizing your personal leadership potential. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, Inc.