Is leadership just about leaders? If you ask "ordinary" people, it refers to leaders telling others what to do. Academics often seem enthralled with leaders. In more than a century of research and theorising, relatively little has been written about the contribution of followers or the context in which leadership occurs. The media are no different. When an enterprise performs well, the headlines rarely celebrate the entire staff's efforts, mostly just the leader's.
This popular focus on leaders is too simplistic. Leadership is not just about one individual's personal characteristics or behaviours. Leaders cannot achieve great heights without the led. A more systemic view of leadership is required, and clearly there is more than one kind of organisational leadership.
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