This chapter examines the different concepts that are used to define and explain leadership, noting that the definition of leadership influences the ways in which leadership behaviours, processes and outcomes are viewed. The different approaches to leadership taken by different authors have an impact on the questions and the use of evidence about leadership. Different concepts mean that different authors emphasise particular features of leadership while downplaying other aspects. Some authors do not define what they mean by leadership in their studies, which leads to a haze of conceptual ambiguity. The discussion also considers perspectives on leadership, the personal qualities of the leader, leadership as a position, leadership as a social process and management.
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