Leadership Skills

Defining leadership might seem very simple, but if you asked 100 leadership experts to define it, you’d probably get 100 different answers.

Peter Drucker defines leadership as:



Leaders come in all shapes and sizes, from those who have founded and run successful companies, to political leaders, through to community leaders.

If you’re in any way unclear on what leadership is then we recommend starting with our article What is Leadership?

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Why Do We Need Leaders?

If you were asked this question what answer would you give?

Many people think that we need leaders manage large groups of people, for example, a country needs a head of state, an organization needs a CEO. etc.

But there is more to it than this. The need for leadership is much more natural and human than that. Leadership is something that we as humans grow up as part of the human experience. In adult life, we seek out leaders too. People who will guide us in making sense of the world.

To explore why we need leaders in more detail, read the article Why Do We Need Leaders?

A Basic Process for Leadership

In simple terms, a good transformational leader is someone who performs the following three steps:

  • Future: creating a clear and inspiring vision of the future.
  • Engage: motivating people to want to create that future.
  • Deliver: delivering that future vision by taking action and getting results.
If you’d like to learn more about the delivery aspect of leadership we have many articles about this in our Change Management section.

Leadership Styles

There are many different styles of leadership. Many of these have been studied and written about extensively, including:

  • Autocratic leadership
  • Democratic leadership
  • Transformational leadership
  • Laissez-faire leadership
  • Situational leadership
  • Strategic leadership
  • Affiliative leadership
  • Coaching leadership
  • Bureaucratic leadership
  • Cross-cultural leadership
  • Servant Leadership

Most good leaders will be able to adjust their style of leadership depending on the situation they find themselves in. This is known as situational leadership.

You can learn more about leadership styles in our Leadership Styles article.

Core Leadership Articles

You’ll find loads of leadership articles at the bottom of this page, but some of our favorite articles include:

Other Leadership Skills

The articles above discuss much of the hard theory of leadership. But there are other skills which play a role in making someone a good leader. These skills include:

On this page, we’ve covered just some of strategy related articles on this site. The complete list is below.

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