Research article

Leadership: A Word Often Used but Difficult to Define

President John Quincy Adams once said that if “your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” He clearly understood the qualities that embody leadership, a word nearly impossible to define succinctly. Dictionary definitions are useless tautologies, such as “the position of a leader” or “the capacity to lead” that provide little insight into what qualities define leadership or make a person a leader.