“Leadership has been described as the “process of social influence in which one person can enlist the aid and support of others in the accomplishment of a common task”. Definitions inclusive of the nature of leadership have also emerged. Alan Keith of Genentech states that “Leadership is ultimately about creating a way for people to contribute to making something extraordinary happen.” According to Ken “SKC” Ogbonnia, “effective leadership is the ability to successfully integrate and maximize available resources within the internal and external environment for the attainment of organizational or societal goals.”
Leadership is a relational process occurring between and among members in groups and organizations who have common goals and purposes. It is a complex process by which the leader influences others to perform and achieve. It is an ability because a leader must have the intellectual awareness to perform in ways that attract others. It is a relationship, not between the coach and the “coachee,” but between the leader and the colleague. Leadership is not a trait possessed by everyone.
Leadership will be defined in service, not in religious jewelry or costuming for God, as the Pharisees would model it. It has also become a pervasive subject of management education research and practice. It is about influencing people to follow while management is about maintaining systems and processes. It is essential to improved governance. Leadership is an important part of the human condition.
Leadership is viewed as a process rather than as a position. It is second only to classroom instruction among all school-related factors that contribute to student achievement. It is typically thought of as something that is done to followers. It is not just for leaders anymore. Leadership is one of the most observed and least understood phenomena on earth.
Leadership may also be seen or understood in light of organizational cultures and the influences of outside or external pressures. It is as subjected to theatre as are its spectators.