Cyrus the Great (600-530 BC), Persian King. Renowned as a just, humane leader, he established the first known charter of human rights Mahatma Gandhi (1868-1948) - established India's independence by leading a non-violent movement Aung San Suu Kyi (1945-), Nobel laureate and Myanmar (formerly Burma) leader of a nonviolent human rights and restoration of democracy movement Abraham Lincoln (1806-1865) - 16th US President. One of the greatest leaders in US history Nelson Mandela (1918-) Nobel Peace Prize winner, South Africa civil rights leader and President Mother Teresa (1910-1997), Nobel Peace Prize winner and tireless humanitarian worker and advocate

what is leadership?

Leadership is the direction, guidance, and motivation for others to follow a lead and work towards a goal. The ability to provide leadership includes the capacity, skills and will to lead.

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True leaders respect the integrity of others

John Adair

difference between using leadership skills and authority

People in positions of governance and management often use a combination of leadership skills and authority.

• Leadership is getting people to want to do something
• Authority is using power and position to tell people they should do something

• Leadership is bottom up i.e. others accept the lead and directions willingly
• Authority is top down, i.e. others are compelled to follow directions because of the authoritarian’s power

• Leadership is sustainable
• Authority is transitory

If individuals in leadership positions rely primarily on the use of authority to get others to follow direction, the people being instructed or ordered may do so reluctantly, ignore directions, or even rebel if they sense weakness or a shift in power.

When those in leadership positions use leadership skills to establish a goal and direction, they foster in others a mutual desire to work collaboratively towards the goal and view direction as necessary guidance rather than a demand or command.

Authoritarians must constantly supervise and monitor whether their directions are being followed. They frequently use fear as a motivational tool.

When leaders delegate a task, often other than providing coaching assistance when needed, they can rely on the delegate to work unsupervised.

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