Leadership Insights

The Definition of Leadership

Feb 13, 2018 1:00:00 PM / by Ed Brzychcy

What is a leader?

Everyone has their definition of leadership; if I asked everyone who is reading this to define leadership, I would receive as many different answers as readers.   The critical piece here is that leadership is personal.  Every one of us has experienced it, in both good and bad forms, and have formed our own opinions and ideas as to what great leadership is.  

I have found that the words of Warren Bennis ring the truest to me regarding leadership, “Leadership is the capacity to transform vision into reality.”  To me, this simple statement embodies what leaders do; they get things done.  

Leadership is about forming your team and accomplishing your mission.  Every leader has two responsibilities, the well-being of their people, and the accomplishment of their tasks.

 

"Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality"

- Warren Bennis

Overall, leadership starts and ends with people.  Building a team is taking a coalition of mixed peoples, and aligning them towards the task at hand, then facilitating their success through training, logistics, and oversight.  Without a well-formed team, no leader can accomplish their mission to full potential.  

The most celebrated leaders recognize this fact and maintain their humility in the face of it.  Leadership is selfless; great leaders do not succeed on the backs of their people, they propel and enable their teams to greater success.


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Topics: leadership, professional development

Ed Brzychcy

Written by Ed Brzychcy

Ed Brzychcy is former U.S. Army Infantry Staff-Sergeant with service across 3 combat deployments to Iraq. After his time in the military, he received his MBA from Babson College and now coaches organizational leadership and growth through his consultancy, Blue Cord Management.