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There are many ways to be a leader, but do you really know what a leader is and did you know that there are many different types of leaders? Scroll down to learn more.

If you were to take the ten worst leaders you could find, put them in a wooden shed, and set the shed on fire, a leader will emerge.


Leadership is a dynamic. It means different things to different people and the process of leadership changes significantly depending on the area in which it is practiced. Being an organizational leader is different than being a Boy Scout leader. The competencies are a world apart, and the role difference is significant. There are some commonalities, but possibly more differences.


Anyone who wants to be a leader has an opportunity to do so. The area they choose to practice their leadership will determine their role. As an example, the following leadership areas are a few that require different competencies for leadership. Each area of leadership will have a different emphasis, similar to what is listed.

What is a Leader?

On Leadership

Leadership Beginnings


Words or Types Used to Describe Leaders of Leaders

Examples of Classifications

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Areas of Leadership Application



Individuals who aspire to be leaders must develop their skills in their chosen area. This requires that they search for information on this area, evaluate their skills, and develop those that will be needed to reach their goals.

A Leader:


... sees a vision of what needs to be accomplished and excites others about accomplishing it.


... sees in life's frustrations and disappointments, the challenge to find new solutions.


... is willing to act to change and to take the risks that change requires.


... has the discipline to focus on a vision and to follow-through as necessary to accomplish that vision.


... is open to the ideas and feedback of others, and is wiling to commit energy toward them.


... recognizes that change is continuous, and is committed to the life-long learning necessary to successfully manage change.


... is able to achieve balance among the needs and pressures of work, family, and self.


... is concerned about the well-being and development of others.


... recognizes that each person must assume responsibility for stewardship of self, organization, community, and the environment.


© 1994 University of Denver

Leadership is often discussed or analyzed in terms of leadership qualities. Some of these qualities, such as intelligence, energy, initiative, and enthusiasm are more universal than others. leaders tend to (or should) exemplify the qualities expected or required in their working groups.


But leadership is more than a personal attribute, a general quality of personality and character, which can be refracted into a spectrum of "leadership qualities". It is also a role, determined by the expectations of the group or organization. studying those expectations allows us to see that there are two strong magnetic poles within them. The expectations arrange themselves like iron filings in response to them. These poles are as follows: the leader is expected to enable the group or organization to fulfill its mission and to hold it together as a working entity.


A leader, then, is the kind of person (qualities), with the appropriate knowledge and skill to lead a group to achieve its ends willingly.


This simple concept relates well to the original meaning of lead, which comes from laed, a word common to all the Old North European languages (Dutch, German, Anglo-Saxon, Norwegian, Danish, Swedish) and more-or-less unchanged within them today. It means a path, road, course of a ship at sea, journey. A leader accompanies people on a journey, guiding them to their destination. By implication he or she holds them together as a group while leading them in the right direction.


From: Developing Leaders by John Adair

The word leader first appeared in the English language around the year 1300, however the word leadership surfaced in the first half of the nineteenth century.


Leadership has many definitions, all with commonality, but many with somewhat different interpretations.


IN the early 1900's a leader was a person who was the focus of group change, activities, or a process.


IN 1911, leadership was the centralization of effort in one person as an expression of the power of all.


IN 1926, leadership was equated with strength of personality.


IN 1927, leadership was introduced as the art of influence.


IN 1935, progressed to the exercise of influence.


IN 1953, leadership was indicated to connect to a specific act or behavior.


IN 1960, leadership was referenced as a power relationship.


IN 1969, leadership was related to the person who can make the most of individual differences.


IN the 1990's, leadership is needed to empower teams, provide direction to organizations, and set the example for the future behavior of other leaders, or to "walk-the-talk".


Plato offered three types of leaders:


                                                                        military commander








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