"Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality," Warren Bennis once stated. Great leaders are often credited with possessing high social intelligence, a zest for change, and above all, the ability to set their sights on the things that truly merit attention. But those are desirable skills for everyone else, too.
It is the responsibility of leaders to develop a vision for the people and institutions they guide. They must establish what matters and explain why, so they can set direction, and inspire others.
But leadership does not depend on one’s title, seniority, or ability to exert power. Leaders can emerge at any level if they can cultivate a desire in those with whom they collaborate to strive toward a common goal, which can be accomplished successfully through any number of approaches. And recent research on leadership skills confirms the increasing importance of inner resources such as self-awareness and self-mastery.