What is a Leader?

What does leadership mean exactly? The word can conjure many images in the mind.

A political leader. Someone chasing a cause they are passionate about or that is personal to them.

Someone exploring the unknown and the very new. Someone cutting a path through the metaphorical jungle to bring the rest of us along with them.

An executive, CEO or business owner developing their company, their strategies, products and services to beat out the competition.

Leaders are almost always helping themselves, but they cannot be a leader if they are not also helping others do the right things. They set the direction and tone. They build inspirational visions for people to get behind. They create something never before seen.

Leaders also need to be the compass and use their skills in guidance to help others reach the correct destination in a ethical and fair way.