Why leadership? Everyday we hear about leadership in a wide range of fields: industry, commerce, sports and so on. Leadership literally means showing the way by going front. This in turn, implies a relationship between leadership and followership. The latter term is equally important. Yet, some think that followership amounts to the number of followers in a social media account. Far from that, leadership and followership make sense when they drive to considerable results or change. This is especially true in politics where collective action is indispensable for pursuing public pursposes as much as for sustaining democratic institutions. Compared to other fields, leading in politics has some distinctive features most importantly that we strive to uphold the general interest, while we disagree on what it takes to do so it. Hence, reasonable disagreement , division of opinion, conflict of interest and opposing causes set some implications. Moreover, we live in a very compicated world where developments in industry, technology, commerce, social phenomena or other entirely unforeseen issues (e.g. covid-19) create some rough tides. Indeed, very often leaders find themselves acting like sailors in the open sea, where they should be capable of making many maneuvers in order to navigate the state-ship far from disastrous situations and towards safe waters. This is a challenging task indeed, especially if we take into account that attracting followership to common causes becomes all the more difficult for many different reasons. Sharing knowledge drawn from academic research and political practice aims at promoting forms of leadership better adapted to a rapindly changing world and responsing to divergent needs at the societal field.