We know when leadership is present as quickly as we know when it is absent. We see it growing in someone and we see it ebb away.
Yet for all that clarity, trying to define, teach, establish or restore leadership stubbornly remains more dark art than exact science.
This, despite the much vaunted omnipotence of modern business science and process.
Sometimes I think the plethora of solutions, processes and structures indicates more how much we don't know and can't control, than offering any sustainable answers to the questions they purport to address.
One way I make sense of this view is that in an age of excessive information, there can be a paucity of wisdom with which to apply it.