Blogs » J.Q. Tomanek of Victoria » Show and tell; "Leaders are not born, they are trained. And leadership is not something reserved to the elite, but is the vocation of many." A. Havard


For those that are travelling along the blogosphere and stopped by, welcome. The last few days of posting is an attempt to create a definition of leadership that could be applied here in Victoria in the hopes to find the "Best Leader in Victoria."

Local blogger, "Edith Ann--and that's the truth!" has been so kind to mention and inspire the search for this definition. In the link provided, there were many comments made by her blog followers that have led me to offer some examples of who I think was a leader. Some of these have been mentioned in prior posts, some on EdithAnn's blog, I hope it may spur some thoughts. Following some of the individuals, I will also share some leadership definitions that I have come across.

My leadership examples:

Jesus Christ


Joan of Arc

Martin Luther King

Robert E. Lee


Gandalph, Frodo, Aragorn

Corrie ten Boom

These are just a few examples from history, literature, different cultures, and different continents. Please add examples if you like.

Here are some definitions I have come across. Let me know what you think.

“Development and inducing a person to grow and to go way beyond where they thought they could go.” Tom Peters

“Leadership is not magnetic personality, that can just as well be a glib tongue. It is not "making friends and influencing people", that is flattery. Leadership is lifting a person's vision to higher sights, the raising of a person's performance to a higher standard, the building of a personality beyond its normal limitations." Peter Drucker

"Ethical leadership is knowing your core values and having the courage to live them in all parts of your life in service of the common good."

"Leadership is a question of character. Character is something we can shape and mold and strengthen. We strengthen our character through the habitual practice of sound moral habits, called ethical or human virtues. Virtues are qualities of the mind, the will and the heart. We acquire them through our own efforts. The very effort to acquire them is an act of leadership." Alexandre Havard

“Leadership is a function of knowing yourself, having a vision that is well communicated, building trust among colleagues, and taking effective action to realize your own leadership potential.” Warren Bennis

"Leadership is the art of mobilizing others to want to struggle for shared aspirations." James Kouzes

"the capacity to influence others by unleashing the potential and power of people and organizations for the greater good." Ken Blanchard Companies

"The servant-leader is servant first. It begins with the natural feeling that one wants to serve, to serve first. Then conscious choice brings one to aspire to lead. The difference manifests itself in the care taken by the servant - first to make sure that other people's needs are being served. The best test, and difficult to administer is: Do those served grow as persons; do they, while being served, become healthier, wise, freer, more autonomous, more likely themselves to become servants? And what effect on the least privileged in society; will they benefit, or at least not be further deprived?" Robert Greenleaf

If you have more, please don't hesitate to add some more. What do you like in these definitions or quotes on leadership? What could be added? What could be taken away? Or combined?