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A Perception of Leadership March 3 1998 To be considered a leader one must be distinguished beyond their established position and by their actions and not orders motivate others to willingly and eagerly follow Although often associated by and connected with a position in an organization it is a role that must be earned and does not automatically come with the title of manager president administrator or general Organizations do not have the title of leader Certain management positions in organizations ideally will be filled with individuals who have leadership skills but simply because it is desirable is not a guarantee that it is going to happen A title or position in an organization may lend credibility to an individual in the short run where there is a natural tendency for subordinates to be supportive but many human characteristics are critical for leadership to occur over longer periods Further and even more critical these human skills are not vested in that position or title and cannot be taught to all persons Therefore the mere fact that one has management training of because they have obtained a management position does not make them a leader Some of the human skills necessary for leadership are inherent to the individual and are lacking in a large percentage of the population Just how large a part of the population does indeed lack these skills would be difficult to estimate however a guess would be that it is quite high rather than low There are of course those who use the terms manager and leader as synonymous They are not One can be appointed to a position of manager We often see individuals assume leadership roles in informal organizations where they have no title or position of rank whatsoever These leaders have an emotional appeal that inspires others The ability to lead is somewhat analogous to the skill or talent of an artist Some have
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