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Reference no. UVA-OB-0791
Authors: James G Clawson
Published by: Darden Business Publishing
Published in: 2001
Length: 5 pages
Topics: Leadership

Abstract

This short note is intended as an introduction to a discussion on what leadership is. The definition proposed here is that real leadership is accomplished by the kind of person who is able to: 1) see what needs to be done; 2) understand the underlying forces at play in a situation; and 3) initiate action to change things. A person who wants to become a leader in his organization needs to learn and observe as much as possible about the organization and to think about where it should be going. He or she should go beyond his immediate situation to think about this, to have a proactive point of view of the business as a whole.

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Abstract

This short note is intended as an introduction to a discussion on what leadership is. The definition proposed here is that real leadership is accomplished by the kind of person who is able to: 1) see what needs to be done; 2) understand the underlying forces at play in a situation; and 3) initiate action to change things. A person who wants to become a leader in his organization needs to learn and observe as much as possible about the organization and to think about where it should be going. He or she should go beyond his immediate situation to think about this, to have a proactive point of view of the business as a whole.

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