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Who Leads Us

Leaders can be found in all walks of life, and they include leaders who are in formal leadership positions, leaders who impose themselves as leaders, leaders who step forward to lead when the situation requires or in a crisis, and those who lead by example (who may or may not consider themselves leaders). The leadership requirements of different fields may vary, but overall, leaders in all field of activity share common tasks and responsibilities, though the ways in which these are carried out may differ, and accountability to stakeholders (persons or groups with a vested interest in the leaders’ activities and successes) may vary.

Workplace Leaders

Leaders in the workplace can include a great range of individuals: managers, supervisors, team leaders, trainers, recreation leaders, sports leaders, human resources leaders, heads of departments, leaders in science, education or the arts, union leaders, leaders of cooperatives or market groups, and so on. These are more involved in the planning and application of policies, strategies and plans to promote the interests or a workplace and ensure worker productivity and cooperation. Workplace leaders are usually accountable to business managers or to executives in the organisation, and to a degree, to government which regulates such factors as safety and equity.

Industry Leaders

These can be people in high positions in industry, those who establish industry trends and standards, and heads of professional bodies, societies, institutes or guilds. They may be innovators promoting visions for their area of interest, influencing the economic goals and actions of a region or country, establishing goals and policies or and overseeing practices in a particular industry.

Military Leaders

Military persons of any rank can be leaders, including captains, lieutenants, generals, sergeants and commanders in chief, as can be mess hall managers, perceived heroes, role models and chaplains. Functions can range from establishing defence or preventive military strategies, meeting political goals, managing and motivating personnel, assisting in times of crisis.

Political Leaders

These include all kinds of political office holders from mayors to presidents, as well as leaders of political support or activist groups and individual activists such as Nelson Mandela or Helen Caldecott. Political leaders include persons involved in communicating and promoting visions and ideals for society, implementing regional or national policies, managing resources, meeting the country’s or city’s basic needs.

Social Leaders

Community leaders, social activists, actors, authors, academics, media personalities, teachers, parents, charity and volunteer worker, club leaders can all fall under this category. Their work can include inspiring social change, helping society understand itself or individuals function more effectively in society, forming and influencing social norms and vales, contributing to social and individual wellbeing and addressing social concerns.

Religious Leaders

These include bishops, vicars, priests, imams, rabbis, spiritualists, religious school teachers, religious writers and role models like Mother Theresa, anyone involved in establishing or promoting value systems or sets of belief about our relationship with the divine or sacred, or in providing spiritual or practical support, or in inspiring and guiding spiritual growth.

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