Leadership is a term used in a variety of different ways, although it can be defined as the ability to lead others toward a common goal. Leaders also come in many different forms and can operate at any level, so the ability to identify and develop leaders can be challenging. Yet, when done correctly, leadership can bring about positive outcomes for people, businesses, and wider communities. This is why it’s important to adapt the approach to developing leaders to fit the current needs of an organisation, as well as invest in environments that enable leaders to be effective.
This factsheet investigates the concept of leadership and how it differs from management, explores the various factors that can influence leadership development, and briefly examines how a principles-based approach to practice can support the development of leadership skills in HR.