The meaning of leadership varies amongst people. Leadership can be
defined by many different but similar meanings. Based on reading Chapter One of
'Leadership in Leisure Services: Making a Difference (2nd Ed)', by Debra Jordan,
Leadership to me is a constant changing process of interactions and situations
between members of a group consisting of two or more people. Leadership also
consists of a common recognition and understanding of leader-follower roles
between all its group members. Since leadership is goal-oriented it also involves
the leader and its followers to participate in activities to help move the group further
in reaching and obtaining its goal.
The relationship between a leader and its followers is very important in a
group in order to obtain good leadership. There should be a mutual understanding
between the leader and the followers regarding leader-follower roles. Followers
should recognize, acknowledge and accept the leader(s). Followship and
Leadership goes hand in hand with each other because they are interrelated consisting
of shared acts of influence and counter-influence.
The leader should understand and
appreciate the work of its followers and vice verse, in order to work cooperatively
and to obtain the groups shared goal. Both the leader and followers should always
work together towards the goal as a group/team and not separate and fall apart as
a whole in order for the group to be successful and progress.
I believe a leader should possess certain traits and qualities in order to
accomplish good leadership. Some of these traits and/or qualities a leader should
own in my opinion are integrity, courage, be creative and should be authentic. A
Leader should definitely have integrity because a leader should always be honest and
sincere to themselves and its members. A leader should also be courageous and
creative because sometimes...