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Leadership in Action: Issues and Observations—Leadership Beyond Leaders and Followers by Wilfred H. Drath

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Issues & Observations: Leadership Beyond Leaders and Followers

Wilfred H. Drath

It is often said that there are as many different definitions of leadership as there are people attempting to define it. There's more than a grain of truth to that. So let's test this theory out, but with a twist. I will present half a dozen definitions of leadership. Your job is to discern what is the same about them (other than the obvious fact that they are all attempts to define the same concept).

1. “Leadership is a process whereby an individual influences a group of individuals to achieve a common goal” (Peter G. Northouse, Leadership: Theory and Practice, 3rd ed., Sage, 2004).

2. “Leadership is the process of persuasion or example by which an individual (or ...

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