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Like love, leadership is universally desired but difficult to define explicitly. However, in simple terms, Leadership is a process by which an executive can direct, guide and influence the behaviour and work of others towards accomplishment of specific goals in a given situation. It can also be seen as the ability of a manager to induce the subordinates to work with confidence and zeal.

Leadership of no doubt plays a vital role in tackling the challenges and opportunities presented by the global context. Definitions of leadership are many and varied; however, for the purposes of introduction, a sample of definitions will suffice to convey some of the key ideas in h

Rost (1991) describes leadership as “an influence relationship among leaders and collaborators who intend significant changes that reflect their mutual purposes” (102), while Kouzes and Posner (1991) believe it is “the art of mobilising others to want to struggle for shared aspirations”. Common themes of influence, change and leader-follower collaboration emerge from these and other definitions.

Senge et al., (1999), for example, describes leadership as “the capacity of a human community to share its future, and specifically to sustain the significant processes of change required to do so”. However, according to Keith Davis, “Leadership is the ability to persuade others to seek defined objectives enthusiastically. It is the human factor which binds a group together and motivates it towards goals.” Most of these (and other) definitions explicitly or implicitly reflect the ideas of an underlying theory or school of leadership


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