Leadership-Meaning and Definition

Hello Respected Researchers and HR managers, In this section we will discuss about “Leadership-Meaning and Definition“. It is very much important for a Researcher as well as HR Concern person/ manager to know the definition of leadership. If researcher or HR Manager could follow the Points accordingly,it would easier to reach the goal. Let’s have a look…



Leadership can simply be defined as the ability to influence others. For our purpose we can define leadership as the process of directing and influencing people. Ideally, people should be encouraged to develop not only willingness to work but also willingness to work with confidence and zeal.

⇒ Leadership is the process by which a person exerts influence over others, and inspires, motivates, and directs their activities to help achieve group or organizational goals. A leader is faced with many challenges, particularly in complex, rapidly changing environments. They must create and sustain an environment that increases an organization’s ability to manage and overcome ongoing challenges.

 Traits and Personal Characteristics Related to Effective Leadership:

  1. Integrity and honesty
  2. Helps managers behave ethically and earn their subordinates’ trust and confidence.
  3. Theories of Leadership
  4. Trait theory of leadership:
  5. The Main them of the trait theories of leadership is Leaders are born, not made”.


The “great person” theory of leadership said that individuals are born either with or without the necessary traits for leadership. For example, Napoleon-were said to have the “natural” leadership abilities to rise out of any situation and become great leader.

⇒ The fact that leadership traits are not completely inborn but can also be acquired through learning and experience. When the trait approach is applied to organizational leadership, the result is even cloudier. One of the biggest problems is that all managers think they know what the qualities of successful leader are. Obviously, almost any adjective can be used to describe a successful leader.

 In recent studies, the following key leadership traits have been identified:

  • a) Drive (including achievement, motivation, ambition, energy and initiative),
  • b) Leadership motivation (the aspiration to lead),
  • c) Honesty and integrity, self-confidence (including emotional ability),
  • d) Cognitive ability, and an understanding of the business,
  • e) Creative, flexibility and charisma.


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