Academic Leadership: The Online Journal


David Knab


According to the online Merriam-Webster dictionary, leadership is defined as “the office or position of a leader, capacity to lead, the act or an instance of leading.” (Merriam-Webster, 2008). Therefore, one needs to go to the definition of “lead” to discover the true meaning of leadership. Accordingly, to lead means “to guide on a way especially by going in advance, to direct on a course or in a direction, to serve as a channel for ” (2008). Leadership as a verb must mean that individuals are able to motivate people to advance in some direction. Leadership also implies that the leader serves as a channel for people to move forward to accomplish organizational goals. This could include the need to change organizations so they are ripe to achieve these goals. What this means in practice is much more difficult. It is the pursuit of what leader’s do that has motivated many a researcher including the author to investigate leadership in many venues.


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