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Gareth Armstrong

Division Head: LP Future Leaders, Leadership Platform

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Please define: Leadership.

During my time analysing, writing about, and assisting with the development of leadership, I have heard many, many people attempt to define it. There are so many books on leadership, so many "authorities" and "experts", yet we can't seem to agree on a definition.

Shall we attempt to do so today? :)


Closing Statement from Gareth Armstrong

Hello everyone,

Thank you all for your input.

My conclusion - I feel like we are going to struggle if we are unable to speak a "common leadership language"...if we cannot define leadership, how can we multiply leadership within ourselves and others?

I hope that as you have reflected on how to define it, you have further clarified in your mind where you can further improve as a leader be it in your home, community, or professional environment.

Your comments have assisted me in this way and others. Thank you again.

Sincerely and with warmest regards,


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    Jan 27 2013: At a recent "leadership seminar" Ernest Shackleton was presented as "a role model for leadership as one who, in extreme circumstances, kept his team together in an incredible polar survival story". (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ernest_Shackleton).

    He proved leadership without having entrepreneurship skills, basically all his business ventures failed:
    "Away from his expeditions, Shackleton's life was generally restless and unfulfilled. In his search for rapid pathways to wealth and security he launched many business ventures and other money-making schemes, none of which prospered. His financial affairs were generally muddled; he died heavily in debt."

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