tee it high and let it fly
Here's a pretty good definition
1. The activity of leading a group of people or an organization or the ability to do this.
(1) establishing a clear vision,
(2) sharing that vision with others so that they will follow willingly,
(3) providing the information, knowledge and methods to realize that vision, and
(4) coordinating and balancing the conflicting interests of all members and stakeholders.
A leader steps up in times of crisis, and is able to think and act creatively in difficult situations. Unlike management, leadership cannot be taught, although it may be learned and enhanced through coaching or mentoring.
At one time I was responsible for several hundred employees nationwide. The company grew so fast lots of inexperienced guys got promoted to local manager and I was forced to teach my new managers basic leadership skills. Required reading for all the newbies was "the leadership secrets of Attila the Hun"
Attila was able to unite warring mongol tribes into a cohesive army that conquered most of the known world and stopped just short of taking Rome itself.
An example of this style was when they sacked a village his man got to loot and rape the locals before the captains and Attila was last to enjoy the fruits of victory.
Anyways for business purposes that's a good book.
Personally I think consistency , trust and dedication to purpose are what I look for in a leader.
Last edited by fishfanmiami; 09-13-2013 at 09:28 PM.