Leadership is a much studied subject and one that tends to fascinate us - leaders and followers alike. This mini-seminar will introduce some key concepts surrounding leadership and explore a few vital questions: How much does leadership matter? How do leaders attract and keep followers? What are some basic characteristics of successful leaders? What is bad leadership? What is the role of followers? From there, based on the readings and class discussions, the class will attempt to work out a framework for evaluating effective leadership in the development context and then use the framework to examine the profiles and actions of several recent development leaders. The mini-seminar will conclude with some reflections on what this means for course participants as future leaders and followers. The objective of the course is to introduce students to some of the classic literature and debates surrounding leadership and the role leadership can play in facilitating development. It is meant to provide the foundation for further studies related to governance or to strengthening personal capabilities related to leadership.