Defining leadership is a challenging task. If you take a look at Wikipedia’s definition of leadership, you will see what I mean.
I found it more informative to look at Wikipedia’s definition of leadership studies first and then move onto the section on leadership, where the inclusion of the various theories of leadership took me back in time. It was during my organizational behavior classes taken as part of my MBA at London Business School, that I first became interested in leadership. I recall that I decided to see if I could find a text that summarized the history of leadership and ended up buying a superb little black book on organizational behavior (the name of which I will find and include in a later blog).
In the meantime, I’d like to know if you have any favorite books on leadership or OB. My favorites on leadership include:
The Leadership Challenge, by Kouzes and Posner
Leadership from the inside out, by Kevin Cashman
Leadership and the New Science, by Margaret Wheatley