Chapter 2

What Does It Mean to Be a Leader?

A leader is one who gives up all ideas of possessiveness, strives only for the well-being of society and holds himself forth as an ideal human being.

—SAI BABA

What does it mean to be a leader? This question has many answers. Perhaps the most common answer is the idea that a leader is a person who holds a position of responsibility—someone who is in a position to make decisions that affect others.

Another common response is the idea that a leader is a person who sets himself or herself up as an example for others to follow. This person may or may not have any formal power, and yet there are many who are interested in what this person is doing and how he or she is doing it.

There are many variations, ...

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