What is a Leader?

Amanda Harper


What makes someone a true leader is intangible. The qualities that set someone apart – and encourage others to follow where they lead – are hard to define. There is no set template for strong leadership. Yet everyone knows a leader when they encounter one.

Understanding leadership is an entire branch of study and thought. Through the ages, countless writers, researchers  and experts have attempted to quantify the personality traits and behaviors that make leaders tick. Books, blogs, podcasts and shows explore this topic in-depth, yet many still struggle to get a firm grasp on leadership. It feels elusive, complex and maybe even just a bit magical.

We're pondering this question in honor of this month's Leaders of Lexington feature. We’ve collected some of the best resources to help you better hone your own leadership skills and understand what it means to truly lead.