Favorite HBR "Imagining the Future of Leadership" Post #9 (Leadership is More Than "Position")

Jan 26, 2011

Susan Ashford and Scott DeRue cite Bob Quinn in making a case for leadership as a state (of being) rather than an assumed role that comes with a title. We have heard versions of this idea many times during the course of our Leadership Project, with one respondent noting "(regional) leadership is like pick-up basketball." 

As the authors of this post rightly observe, if we understand leadership as distinct from leader, new questions arise (like how do leaders become leaders in a group or network?) and we can begin to imagine new ways of cultivating leadership among people who may or may not boast a formal title.

Note: The entire six-week Harvard Business Review blog series can be accessed here.