What is leadership?

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By Evaldas Labanauskas

Edited by Andrew Romanov

Evaldas Labanauskas is a Hubert H. Humphrey Program Fellow from Lithuania, which is in the Northern/Eastern Europe. For more than 10 years Mr. Labanauskas has been working as a journalist. He has been editor in chief of the prominent Lithuanian weekly magazine Veidas, which covers and analyzes current political, economical and international events and processes. Mr. Labanauskas primary goal during his Humphrey year is to learn more about interaction between the digital/social media and the traditional journalism. He looks forward to extending his knowledge of media management, as well.  

As an editor and as a journalist I know what it means to be a leader. I have been in charge of a few people up to a dozens people. At the same time, I am the oldest son and I have my own family. So, almost every day I face challenges of leadership.

From my view point, leadership does not only mean authority or a fancy office. The main attribute of leadership is responsibility. In my opinion a leader is a person who does not impose his or her will on others. A leader is a person who inspires his or her colleagues—helps them and finds a compromise among them.

At the same time, leadership is an ability to make a decision, to act in any given situation and, of course, to take responsibility for the outcome and to share gains with all team members.

John F. Kennedy once said that “leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.” He was absolutely right. Every leader must constantly improve his knowledge, because knowledge is the key to leadership.


One Comment on “What is leadership?”

  1. Hi Evaldas,

    I definitely agree with you that leadership does not just mean you have authority in a situation. There is much more to being a leader and I think you did a great job explaining that. I like how you said a leader is someone who inspires and helps others; I think that’s an important quality for leaders to have! I also liked that you started off with examples of how you’re a leader as a journalist and in your family, it adds a nice personal touch to your post!


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