Leadership is the ability of an individual or a group of individuals to influence and guide followers or other members of an organization.
Leadership involves making sound (and sometimes difficult) decisions, creating and articulating a clear vision, establishing achievable goals and providing followers with the knowledge and tools necessary to achieve these goals. Good leaders often possess the following characteristics: self-confidence, strong communication and management skills, creative and innovative thinking, perseverance in the face of failure, willingness to take risks, openness to change and levelheadedness and reactiveness in times of crisis.
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In business, individuals who exhibit these leadership qualities can ascend to senior management or C-level positions, such as CEO, CIO or president. Noteworthy individuals who have exhibited strong leadership include Tim Cook, the CEO of Apple and Steve Jobs' successor; Bill Gates, the founder of Microsoft; and Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon.