Leadership Definitions LO17962

Rol Fessenden (76234.3636@compuserve.com)
Sun, 3 May 1998 20:47:03 -0400

Replying to LO17925 --


Sorry to take so long to answer this. I like the distinction you make
between positional leaders and influencing leaders. One thing it does for
me is make it clearer what some of the skill sets are of a leader, whether
they be in positions of power or not.

Thanks for jumping in.

Ed Brenegar says,

> It occurs to me that when people, in general, they talk about
>leadership, that it can be divided into two areas. I think they are
>different and both exist in parallel. The first is positional
>leadership, or leadership which is designated within an organizational
>hierarchy. It carries titles, responsibilities, etc. The second is the
>leadership of relationships. This form can be how the first is
>conducted, or not. It is also how each person within an organization can
>function as a leader. The definition which I was taught years ago sums
>this up: A leader is a Person who Influences People to Accomplish a
>Purpose. Everybody can function in this capacity. But not everyone be
>in a Positional Leadership role of authority in the traditional sense. I
>would also say that the Leadership of Relationships is how collaborative
>leadership, or leadership of teams functions. <<


Rol Fessenden

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