What is leadership?

A roundtable discussion with three generations on leadership: terminology, themes and trends.
By Joanne Reid
|CHRR, Guide to Management & Executive Development|Last Updated: 05/30/2001

The most important role of the CEO is leadership development and succession planning.” The essence of leadership is, “integrity, respect for people, knowledge of the circumstances in a given place and time, and surrounding myself with people who know more than I do.

It is also knowing when to step aside,” says J. Allyn Taylor, a former chair of Canada Trust, an active volunteer, and a model for several generations of executives.

Kelly Butt is a former executive turned consultant in mid-career, a volunteer on several boards in health care and former executive-in-residence at the London, Ont.-based Richard Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario. For her, leadership is, “showing people what the future can hold. Showing them how to get there, but giving them enough rope to find their own way.”