Meaning – Leadership

MEANING

Leadership is too complex a term to be defined in a simple and straight manner. There are many factors involved in successful leadership and it is not possible to identify or measure all of them. The presence of successful leadership can only be felt in terms of the results of group working i.e., profits, quality of output, employee morale, consumer satisfaction, enterprise image, and so on. The following definitions refer to different aspects of leadership be, 

Chester Barnard: Leadership is the “ability of a superior to influence the behavior of his subordinates and persuade them to follow a particular course of action”.

Koontz and 0′ Dannel: “Leadership is the ability of a manager to induce subordinates to work with confidence and zeal”.

Allen: “Leaders is one who guides and directs other people. He must give effective direction and purpose”.

George R.Terry: “Leadership is “the activity of influencing people to strive willingly for mutual objectives”. 

Robert C. Appleby: Leadership is “a means of direction is the ability of management to induce subordinates to work towards group ideas with confidence and keenness”.