chapter  4
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Leaders: The study of individuals, groups and cultures

The Old English verb laeden comes from the noun laed which means a pathway or road. Laeden originally meant to travel or to go, but the Anglo Saxons soon used the verb to refer to a journey that people make. The laeder was the person who made that journey – someone who showed the way (Adair, 1989, p. 13). The study of people who have shown the way is normally considered to be an essential component of any leadership program. This chapter begins by describing the rationale behind the study of persons who are recognized for their leadership, including their achievements, leadership styles and relationships with other people.