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. It’s important to invest in creating the kind of environments that will support leadership development, as well as considering leadership as a collective responsibility.

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.

CIPD viewpoint

What is leadership?

How does leadership differ from management?

Leadership development

HR leadership


Further reading