One of the sufficient conditions of leadership is legitimacy. But titles do not confer legitimacy.
If your team, organization, or country doesn't view you as legitimate, you will have a tough time getting anything done.
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There is a difference between the necessary conditions for leadership and sufficient ones.
For instance, in war, it is necessary to know the capabilities of your enemy and their positions, but it is not sufficient to win a battle.
Being in a position of leadership is necessary to lead an organization, but it is not sufficient to get people moving towards a common goal.
Title based leaders feel everyone will fall in line because of their title. They think they are leading because they are in charge.
But a necessary condition for leadership is trust, not a title. You have to earn trust.
To be accepted as a leader, you have to prove yourself.
People will only follow you if they believe in you, and see that you are working for them. They need to know that your leadership will create something that will continue.
Max Weber defined charisma as “[a] certain quality of an individual personality, by virtue of which he is set apart from ordinary men and treated as endowed with supernatural, superhuman, or at least specifically exceptional powers or qualities.”
Not every leader is benevolent. Many leaders have insight, initiative, influence, and impact but their lives and legacies are tainted by a lack of integrity.
A great leader must have a life integrated with the highest values so the impact of his/her leadership is positive.