"Leader" redirects here. For other uses, see Leader (disambiguation).
It has been suggested that Modes of leadership be merged into this article. (Discuss) Proposed since August 2019.
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The leader of APEC setting the tone for the 2013 CEO summit with his opening speech.
Leadership is both a research area and a practical skill encompassing the ability of an individual or organization to "lead" or guide other individuals, teams, or entire organizations. Specialist literature debates various viewpoints, contrasting Eastern and Western approaches to leadership, and also (within the West) United States versus European approaches. U.S. academic environments define leadership as "a process of social influence in which a person can enlist the aid and support of others in the accomplishment of a common task".
Studies of leadership have produced theories involving traits, situational interaction, function, behavior, power, vision and values, charisma, and intelligence, among others.