I see “leadership” as a person’s position relative to others. With this position, the “leader” is bestowed with the responsibility and legitimacy to influence or impact his/her followers. At work, leaders provide direction to their fellow colleagues. At home, parents – as leaders – nurture and provide for their children. Religious leaders provide inspiration and guidance to their congregations while military leaders command their army.
Regardless of the situation, “leadership” is operationalised within the context of a “vision” (where we want to go) and a “mission” (purpose of going there). Thus, “leadership” also involves expectations on how a leader should carry himself/herself, throughout the journey, both in good and bad times.
John Maxwell discusses leadership via the 5 P – levels: Position, Permission, Production, People Development, Personhood.
In fact, one of the “Maxwell-ism” quote says “Leadership is Influence. That’s it. Nothing more; nothing less.”
To me, leadership is a privilege and a blessing.