A great example of this is in recent posting by Brittney Helmrich from the Business News Daily. In the article, “30 Ways to Define Leadership”, Helmrich quotes the definitions of leadership by 30 business executives. Each definition is sensible and stands well on its own. The comments are intelligent and well informed. In a professional or classroom situation everyone would agree all of the quotes are good, if not enlightened.
But in the context of all the quotes, each definition is different. In some cases, the difference is subtle… a simple difference in word selection. In other cases, the quotes address completely different aspects of leadership: vision, empowerment, motivation, emotional intelligence, taking responsibility, empathy, influence, inspiration, to name a few. All are great concepts.
Who really knows?