In the Social Age, the distinction is far from clear: as we move beyond the boundaries of formal authority and into the social ‘sense making’ spaces where we are most effective, roles are fluid, contextual, adaptive and impermanent. Indeed, the Social Leader most often is willing to set aside the mantle of leadership to help the community succeed.
It depends what model of leadership you subscribe to: the Leader as authority figure with all the knowledge and all the power, or the Social Leader as facilitator and enabler, helping others figure out what to do and supporting them in getting it done. Leadership with humility.
So the starting point for Leadership Development should probably not be the skills and competencies of the Leader, but rather the question, ‘What type of leadership do we need’? Do we need to be led, or empowered to lead, together, from within.