Leadership is the quality that allows you to engage yourself and others to accomplish an objective.
Leadership means you can invent and hold a vision while inspiring and directing your organization to accomplish that vision.
Although your position as an executive, manager or supervisor gives you the authority to accomplish certain tasks and objectives in the organization, this power does not make you a leader, it simply makes you the boss.
Leadership differs from authority in that it inspires your followers to want to achieve your objectives rather than simply requiring it as a condition of employment. In this way leadership is deeply honouring of the individual and essential for effective collaboration. If this sounds complicated it’s because it is.
However, leadership skills CAN be learned and developed. And the results obtained with leadership are well worth the time, expense and effort for they are far and away bigger, better, more sustainable, more adaptable and more resilient than the results obtained by relying on control.