Leadership is taking an initiative to move ideas or people in a direction that achieves both explicit and implicit positive goals.
THIS WEEK: Leadership is taking an initiative to move ideas or people in a direction that achieves both explicit and implicit goals.
I left my definition largely the same from last week. I still believe leadership means taking the initiative to make change, or the way I stated it in my definition, "move ideas or people."
One difference with my idea this week is that I must emphasize the word "move" in my definition. In Terry's article, he states, "It is possible to have overwhelming failure and still have exhibited leadership," which I agree with (Yes! I know this is not something Terry believes; it is simply a statement I agree with). Because a person can be a leader without actually achieving the goals that were set out, the leadership is when the person(s) "moves" or "engages" in the actions that might lead to fulfilling goals.
The more major difference in this week's definition is that I actually removed the word "positive," which seems to be a fighting idea with me. Again, in one of Terry's "debates," he describes that leadership can be ethical or unethical. (Again, I know that this is not Terry's opinion- it is an idea that I agree with). I had to realize this week that my goal in this blog is not to define good or bad leadership, or a leadership that I would like to exhibit, but leadership in general. Terry used Hitler's leadership as an example; there is no doubt in my mind that Hitler used great amounts of leadership during his time, but he wasn't achieving positive goals by any means (assuming the results of the Holocaust are overall seen as negative).
Terry, R. (2001). "Deciding what you believe." Seven zones for leadership: Acting authentically in stability and chaos (pp. 20 - 40). Mountain View, CA: Davies-Black Publishing, Inc.