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Unit 1 – Introduction to Leadership

Like most terms in social discourse, there is no universal definition of leadership. Leadership is defined in different ways by several scholars. Myles Munroe defines leadership as the ability to lead others by influence1. This includes the capacity to influence, inspire, rally, direct, encourage, motivate, induce, move, mobilize, and activate others to pursue a common goal or purpose while maintaining commitment, momentum, confidence and courage. The most popular definition is that Leadership is influence2. Influence here means the ability to move another person in a direction you believe is important. According to Bernard Montgomery, a British Field Marshal, Leadership is the capacity and will to rally men and women to a common purpose and the character which inspires confidence3. To influence requires that your ideas are heard and accepted. You can only win hearts and minds when you respect  their  aspirations,  interests  and  concerns4. According  to Daniel Goleman, the fundamental task of leaders is to prime good feeling in those they lead5.

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