Defining Leadership in a short and concise manner is next to impossible. The word has developed over the years, and in many places did not even exist until just a few hundred years ago. Bernard M. Bass emphasizes the sophisticated nature of the word, and he helped show me why we have leadership studies courses here. There are many ways in which people throughout history try to define leadership, and this little article makes me wonder if we can correctly identify the word, and if certain groups see different meanings in the same word.
Bass drives home one of his central arguments that history presents a variety of types of leaders, but the study of Leadership is more than just history. Leadership Studies is a deeper and more extensive look into society and how leadership is created and executed. Although leadership studies is much more than just learning about leaders, the value of learning the past should not be diminished. Thousands of years of history books help to expand our knowledge of what makes a “good” leader, and with the knowledge of the past hopefully we can build a better future led by educated people that also understand the pieces of leadership that can not be understood by reading about previous leaders.