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That’s true. The more influential you are, the greater your chance to be a leader is. There are times when we see “influence” in a not so good way. I guess, a leader would need influence in order to inspire people.
I think it could be boiled down to influence. I like to define leadership as the ability to “achieve results through others”. One premise to do so is the ability to inspire others to take action and the underlying principle here is influence.
One area in which the study of group processes has proved particularly helpful has been in pointing out that leadership is not a mystical quality but an effective combination of skills and attitudes. In this section we will examine the responsibilities involved in leadership, some differences in leadership technique, and the characteristics of effective leaders.