Leadership is best seen as the psychological process of accepting responsibility for task, self and the fate of others. There are variations in the scope and impact of these responsibilities which can be considered as instrumental, developmental, regulatory and symbolic, but they all weigh upon us to some degree. Both as individuals and as groups in organisations we are ceaselessly, awarely and unawarely, accepting, rejecting or avoiding these responsibilities. As we watch individuals and groups become more aware of how they make these choices, we see leadership develop.
Davies, G., Smith, M. and Twigger, W. (1991), "Leading People: A Model of Choice and Fate for Leadership Development", Leadership & Organization Development Journal, Vol. 12 No. 1, pp. 7-11. https://doi.org/10.1108/01437739110143529
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