Leadership and Command

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Leadership and Command
Andrew Blaine, Member, Business Consultant, South Africa

There is a difference between guiding and command, both of which could be termed leadership.

Leadership, according to the Oxford English Dictionary, has two meanings. This fact is causing confusion in the discussion forum and needs to be clarified.
Leadership (guiding) applies to the person who is "showing the way", whether this is the point man leading followers home, or the guy holding the ball on the sports field. Each are guiding and showing the way forward and, in this instance, leadership is of short duration and involves little if any command.
Leadership (command) applies to the person responsible for designing and implementing a system of management in an organisation. Normally, this relates to the medium to long term management and "leading" of other people on a journey into the future as imagined by the "Commander" or command group, often referred to vas the "leader group".
I hope this topic shows two things;
1. The different forms of leadership, and
2. The need for careful consideration and detailed definition, prior to choosing our terms. .

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