‘Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other’
So said John F. Kennedy, but how do the two things become so inseparable, so reliant on each other, so strongly intertwined? Firstly, we may need to define leadership, and that isn’t as easy as it used to be.
Leadership. A word, and an image weighed down with assumption, stereotype, and pre-formed and outdated ideas. Everybody has their own individual definition of the word. We all have our favourite ‘leader’, just as we all have our least favourite. Many are more concerned with the role of the manager of their football team than the role of their leaders in the workplace. Some consider themselves to be a leader when, to others around them, the opposite is the case. Others lead without being consciously aware of the fact that they’re doing so. And while some look to leaders for inspiration, others may seek to keep distance between their leaders and themselves.