In my opinion, leadership is an act of motivating and leading a group of people towards achieving a certain goal. Leadership is the ability to come up with realistic goals, plan on how to achieve them, communicate the goals to the team we are working with and give feedback. Some might believe that people are born with abilities to lead but I believe that, many leadership skills can be taught to a person that has no natural gift of leading ability.
From this week's reading it's clearer that defining leadership is not as easy as it seems. There are many scholars that went about defining it, and the truth of the matter is, they often contradict each other Terry, (2001). Instead of trying to put together a sentence to express the meaning of leadership, looking at it from different angles is very important. According to McKee, A. (2002) there are six different styles of leadership namely, Visionary, coaching, democratic, facilitative, pacesetting, and commanding. Amongst these, four are useful to receive positive outcome and the other two negatively affect performance. From the list of traits above we can see that being a successful leader is to be able to drive people in the right direction with the right attitude. Although commanding and pacesetting are perceived mainly negatively, they are sometimes useful. Over all, the scope of a leadership and what it entails is wider that it usually seems like and I can't wait to learn more.