definition of leadership

Center for Creative Leadership takes a look at everyday leadership in their recent report, mentioned in their July 2007 update.

Much of society’s knowledge about leadership is focused on who we conventionally think of as leaders, such as heads of corporations, highly-ranked armed forces officers and powerful politicians. But what about our non-traditional leaders — stay-at-home moms, small business owners, students, doctors, educators? Are their leadership practices all that different from traditional leaders? CCL researched the topic of “Everyday Leadership.” Download and read the full report (Adobe PDF, 1.9 MB).

In the “Everyday Leadership” report, leadership is collectively defined as:

Leadership is the ability to create of a vision for positive change, help focus resources on right solutions, inspire and motivate others, and provide opportunities for growth and learning.

This suggests that the quality of leadership can be developed and cultivated for people of all kinds of professions, and does not necessarily require having a position at the top (or near the top) of some sizeable organization. What have you found helpful in developing leaders with these qualities?