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Self-Leadership and Leadership Definitions

The world of leadership is filled with terms and terminololgy that is not necessarily consistent from one leadership ‘guru’ to another. So for our purposes we offer up a set of definitions. Note, these are not THE definitions. Just ones that are consistent with how we classify articles on our blog and materials in our store.

Formal Leadership – Formal leadership is a circumstance in which an individual is the officially recognized head of a group or organization. This type of leadership relates to a job title, so it’s the professional responsibility of formal leaders to motivate their juniors and take charge of the factors that may lead to the success of the organization, such as resource allocation and decision-making (indeed.com)

Informal Leadership – Informal leadership is when an individual does not have official status as a group’s leader, but other group members see them as and consider them to be a leading force. Informal leaders tend to be experienced and knowledgeable, so they’re the ones people seek for answers and guidance. Often, they’ve earned the status of informal leader by developing strong relationships with the people around them and proving themselves, through actions, to be reliable and trustworthy (indeed.com)

Inspirational Leadership – Inspirational leadership, at its core, is about finding ways to enhance the potential of those you lead in a way that works for them, and inspiring others to push themselves, achieve more and reach that potential. The methods by which this is done will vary from person to person, and business to business, but the outcome is always the same – people developing a greater confidence in what they can do, and applying this confidence in a way that benefits the organization they work for (underscore-group.com).

Leadership Development – Leadership development is the process which helps expand the capacity of individuals to perform in leadership roles within organizations. Leadership roles are those that facilitate execution of an organization’s strategy through building alignment, winning mindshare and growing the capabilities of others (wikipedia.org).

Middle Management – In terms of organizational hierarchy, “middle management” is the tier of managers who oversee at least two lower levels of junior staff and report upwards to executive staff (bizfluent.com).

Self Leadership – “Self-leadership is the practice of intentionally influencing your thinking, feeling and actions towards your objective/s” (Bryant and Kazan, 2012).

Supervision is a process that involves a manager meeting regularly and interacting with worker(s) to review their work. It is carried out as required by legislation, regulation, guidance, standards, inspection requirements and requirements of the provision and the service (stepintoleadership.info).

Team Leadership – Team Leadership uses elements of influence or informal leadership along with formal leadership to support a team in understanding and then executing on the goals of the organization, while maintaining the health and moral of the team (leaderstore.com).

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