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Defining leadership in business as more than an empty word

Organisations and executives often fail to understand the meaning of leadership, and this confusion is perpetuated by the promotion of ‘thought leadership’, a idea that seeks to sell itself by any means

In the thought leadership business, ideas are marketed as products and bought as products. Picture: Getty

Professor Connell Fanning and Dr Assumpta O’Kane of the Keynes Centre at University College Cork are the authors of The Leadership Mind, which is available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle, and can be ordered at Waterstones Cork and other good bookshops. See for more details.

Despite the many millions of words written on the subject, there is not yet a settled answer to the question of what is leadership.

In a survey we ...