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Leadership is both a research area and a practical skill encompassing the ability of an individual or organization to "lead" or guide other individuals, teams, or entire organizations. Specialist literature debates various viewpoints, contrasting Eastern and Western approaches to leadership, and also (within the West) United States versus European approaches. U.S. academic environments define leadership as "a process of social influence in which a person can enlist the aid and support of others in the accomplishment of a common task". Leadership seen from a European and non-academic perspective encompasses a view of a leader who can be moved not only by communitarian goals but also by the search for personal power. Leadership can derive from a combination of several factors.

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Drew is completely right! Society has changed the definition of leadership into something bigger than us! We have made it about changing the world. We forget that we can be a leader in a small way everyday. "Lollipop moments", or a moment in time that we make someone's like fundamentally better, is a great and powerful example of leadership. We think that one day we will deserve the title of a leader. We are afraid to say it now because of an ego attached with the statement. We shouldn't think that we will someday earn the position as leader, we should be developing our leadership skills. This is a great Ted Talk and I highly recommend everyone to watch it. No words can describe how we feel after watching it. All we can do is pick up our chins and say, "Wow."

Contributed by Kate Becker

Its hard to truly define the definition of leadership because of the different effect it had on people and the way it shaped generations. It is perceived differently by others and i believe that is what makes leadership truly fascinating, because one can take ownership of that word and the effect it can have. Throughout my life i have grown up in leadership. When i was young, my parents were pastors in the Philippines Church of Christ and that pretty much was the center of my childhood. My parents took care of business and also of my numerous infant needs and experiencing them balance it all i felt the impact it had on my growth. People that they led in the church showed me great attention and remembering that fact showed the authority they had and the impact of their service to where others are willing to serve them. It was a great and positive environment because it was amazing to see the effect my parents had on the people they led. My memories of those times made me wonder about leadership. it wasn't until i joined Youth & Government when i experienced true leadership. Every person has their own potential and their individual strengths embody the impact that they can have in a postion of leadership. Regardless of any outside factor or variable, each person in this world is destined for leadership at any time. We were made for a purpose and whatever that purpose is, leadership is definitely one of them. In this world, we have gone through so much as the human race. We have built a foundation that we are witnessing, slowly, that it is gradually crumbling down in chaos and turmoil. There are so many worldly things that has a detrimental effect to us whatever that may be. But we have embodied democratic values and basic morals to know that this is the world that we are not meant to live in. we are people of a whole other caliber that we are oblivious enough to fully understand. Leadership is that gateway to understand that. We live in a world that is made for the people and for the people. The human race doesn't have time for people awaiting to sit on the sidelines in time of great need, but people who are willing to take a stand and make the world their own. I have learned that my impact in whatever i put my mind into in positions of leadership, can impact people even in the slightest of ways. i implore you all whoa are reading this. Wherever you might be in life, just know the true joys in life and the true joys in faith, action, and leadership...are waiting for you do something.

Contributed by Roy Gonzalez

Sources of Leadership 1. External Leadership 2. Participative Leadership 3. Self Leadership The first source of leadership, External Leadership, is most typically found in a formal, structured setting such as in a vocation. This emphasizes the influences that originate from outside one’s own control. An example of this external view is the giving of orders and the use of other methods to influence one’s subordinates with rewards and consequences. This de-emphasizes a person’s ability to lead himself in the midst of a formal, structured environment. The second source of leadership is Participative Leadership, which is the cooperative effort put forth by a manager and a subordinate to accomplish a mutually set goal. This form of leadership is quite useful when leading unruly or unmotivated staff. Participative Leadership is prefaced by a manager identifying a problem that is most appropriately taken care of by a subordinate. Once the problem is identified by the manager, the manager approaches the subordinate, “Hey, John (subordinate), I noticed that our sales have been down by 8% this last quarter. Did you see that?” John replies, “Yes, we need to improve our sales.” The manager encourages John with an inclusive, suggestive command, “I agree. How about we shoot for a 13% increase in sales this quarter?” Inclusive, specific, relatable . . . Participative Leadership. Lastly, we have Self Leadership. This is the only form of leadership that comes from a non-external source. It removes all responsibility from the rest of the world, and assumes personal responsibility for the outcomes and improvements displayed in an individual’s life. Many entry-level workers consider all enjoyment or fun found in the workplace to be limited by external forces such as their employer, co-workers, tasks, or dollars per hour; however, is it not true that even an entry-level worker has control over what method or order in which he completes tasks? Can he not choose to set a higher or lower personal standard of excellence than his manager? Does he not choose whether to feel good about his progress or to be hard on himself? The point of Self Leadership is this: No matter who you are, you are your own leader much of the time. Self Leadership impacts your effectiveness in leading others whom you may be employing or working alongside.

Contributed by Michael Loftis

Simon Sinek: How great leaders inspire action Simon is an extremely bright and persuasive man. As a student starting in anthropology, he had a strong passion for people and helping them find their passion. After leaving Sinek Partners, a successful advertising company in 2002, he made a conscious decision to rekindle his passion by helping his friends and their friends find the "why" in their lives and making this into a career. He also wrote the book "Start With Why", that explains his method to becoming an effective and inspiring leader. (link: In this video, he comes in and shares his insight using examples such as Apple, the Wright Brothers, and Martin Luther King Jr.. About Him: Simon works with non-profit organizations like Count Me In, an organization that helps women-run businesses thrive and reach a million dollars worth of revenue by 2012. He is also graduate level professor teaching strategic communications at Columbia University. "I try to find, celebrate and teach leaders how to build platforms that will inspire others. " -Simon Sinek

Contributed by Sandra Tobias

Can you be a leader? This article details four traits tantamount to playing a leadership role. Vision perhaps most of all is required for a leader. How can we lead others if we cannot see where we are going?

Contributed by Sammo Lea

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