This chapter presents the model of leadership used throughout the book, the Five Components of Leadership Model: the leader, the followers, the goal, the context, and the cultural values and norms that make up the leadership process. The authors present their definition of leadership as: “The process by which leaders and followers develop a relationship and work together toward a goal (or goals) within a context shaped by cultural values and norms.” The authors situate leadership in the realm of purposeful interaction. The chapter then explains the interpretive methodology of textual analysis that is used throughout the book. Finally, the chapter summarizes the ways theorists have historically presented these fundamental elements of the leadership process.