In terms of business, what leadership means to me is the ability to get people to do the things that must be done in order for a business to thrive.
If any firm is to thrive, it needs to have workers who do all of the things that are needed and who do them well enough that the business can be profitable. While it is easy to find people to do most kinds of work, leadership is needed to get them to do the work well. A leader’s main task, then, is to motivate.
Let us look at the example of a large firm that needs to change its ways in order to stay competitive. At the top, a leader is needed to make sure that all of the higher-level employees are on board with the change and are willing to work hard to implement it. The leader does not necessarily come up with the change that is needed, but they do have to get others to implement it. Leaders are then necessary throughout the firm to motivate the lower-level employees.
Leadership can be found in workers at every level. Any low-level supervisor who does things to encourage their subordinates is exerting leadership. Leadership is not about a title, it is about getting other people to work hard towards a given goal.