Leadership Is The Position Or Function Of A Leader

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“Leadership- the position or function of a leader; a person who guides or directs a group” (Dictionary.com, n.d.). Sounds easy enough, right? If this was so: the terrible bosses, ineffective teachers, and failing parents, the reader may have experienced, would not have proved such leadership failures. This may lead someone who has encountered these examples to assume that leadership is the characteristic of only a few elite individuals. However, research suggests that this may not be the case. More specifically, research suggests that leadership can certainly “be taught”. This is a theory that many researchers, businesses, youth programs, and schools are betting heavily on, as education and training on leadership has become core to these organizations’ mission. As such, this paper will show how leadership is being taught in a variety of ways, all around the world. Literacy Review: First, a leader must be better defined. According to Reh, “The classic view to the role of a leader is one who articulates or describes a desired goal or end-state and forms and frames an environment where others work towards achieving that goal” (Reh, 2016). A leader must have several characteristics to bring a team together to achieve these goals. While this paper’s goal is not to describe these characteristics in detail, it is important to mention because “teaching leadership” is hyperbole. Teaching must focus on the attributes, through instruction, that allow one to become a great leader. These examples may include: concentration, confidence, inventiveness, open-mindedness, and being personable. Some characteristics must be taught from a much earlier age, such as integrity, or else teaching leadership to an adult lacking in these areas may not be po... ... middle of paper ... ...ee programs are now implementing required leadership specific courses required to graduate. Conclusion: The reader should understand how the evidence supporting the theory that leadership can be taught is overwhelming. While the writer acknowledges there are certainly exceptions to this rule depending on a variety of personal factors, they are unquestionably rare if one puts forth the effort to better themselves as a leader. The number of youth programs and other leadership instructional opportunities available makes excusing one’s self from leadership training due to lack of options nullified. In closing, the reader could go as far to state: without learning, a promising prospective leader may remain just that and never fully develop their full potential. As John F. Kennedy said, “Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other” (as cited in Pozin, 2014).

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