LEADERSHIP is a word which implies volumes in the broad realm of human relationships. Abstract? Yes, but the supposedly concrete definition as gleaned from two standard dictionaries— “ability to lead”—seems equally unsatisfactory and lands us no nearer our goal of exact definition. Indeed, unless we confine ourselves within the realm of human relationships, the dictionary may even take us far afield; the old saw, “you may lead a horse to water but you can’t make him drink,” undoubtedly implies ability to lead in a sense, but not in that exalted sense with which our present paper would deal.
Reverting, then, to the realm of human relationships, there is brought into our picture the long list of human attributes—truthfulness, loyalty, honor, tact, simplicity, knowledge, judgment, reflection, common sense, courage, self-control, justice, earnestness—to catalog but a few of the virtues usually associated with human endeavor.