Leadership Definition Essay

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According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, leadership is the capacity to lead. Frankly, that definition sounds similar to a response that I would have given to my teacher when I was unsure of the actual definition. Luckily, the U.S. Air Force can explain what Merriam-Webster is trying to say. The U.S. Air Force defines “leadership” as the art of influencing and directing people in such a way that will win their obedience, confidence, respect and loyal cooperation in achieving common objectives. In other words, the U.S. Air Force looks at leadership as a way to instill the burning desire to “follow the leader” and to accomplish a larger goal through teamwork. For a second definition, Adolf Hitler said: “The art of leadership...consists in consolidating the attention of the people against a single adversary and taking care that nothing will split up that attention.” Essentially, both definitions have similar meanings; however, Adolf turned the attention away from the leader to the goal. Tony Blair, who led the United Nations for more than ten years as the prime minister of the United Kingdom, made a simple, yet important point about leadership when he said, “The art of leadership is saying no, not yes. It is very easy to say yes.” He could not be more right. People try everyday to fit in, sometimes by saying “yes.” In fact, it seems that many people do bad things everyday because they cannot say “no” to another person. Large corporations are made up of employees that each have a part to play in making the business function, but without a leader to coordinate those individual parts, the business likely will not function for long. In the same respect, our government is made up of literally hundreds of levels. Without leadership to direct and guide all of those different levels, the government would crumble just like the large corporations. Without good
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