Defining Leadership

August 4, 2014, 0 Comments

Over the summer, I taught a class for Union University in their Masters of Christian Studies program on Christian Leadership. Over the course of our studies, I introduced the class to various definitions for leadership. Here were some that I highlighted.

“Leadership is influence” – J. Oswald Sanders

“Leadership is leaders inducing followers to act for certain goals that represent the values and the motivations—the wants and needs, the aspirations and expectations—of both leaders and followers…” “… And the genius of leadership lies in the manner in which leaders see and act on their own and their followers’ values and motivations.” -James MacGregor Burns

“Life-giving leadership is based on commitments in three interdependent areas: ministry, mission, and relationship.” Bruce Powers

“Leadership is…doing the right things.” – Warren Bennis and Burt Nanus

“The primary work of leadership is to continually stand in the place (space) where it is compelled to ask the question of what God is about among this group of people who comprise this local church in this specific context at this particular time.” -Alan Roxburgh

“Leadership is when persons with certain motives and purposes mobilize in competition or conflict with others, institutional, political, psychological and other resources so as to arouse, engage and satisfy the motives of followers.” – James McGregor Burns

A leader is one who mobilizes; one whose focus in influencing people; a person who is goal driven; someone who has an orientation in common with those who rely upon him for leadership; and someone who has people willing to follow them.” –George Barna

“Leadership is getting others to want to do something that you are convinced should be done.” – Vance Packard

“Leadership is mastering paradoxes and what they stand for.” – Tom Peters

“Leadership is mobilizing others toward a goal shared by the leader and follower.” – Garry Willis

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