Effective Leadership and Organizational Behavior
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This paper focuses on the importance of effective leadership in an organization, and further highlights four approaches to leadership. First, the paper describes the difference between management and leadership. This leads to a discussion of the qualities of a strong leader. Next, the paper defines four basic theories of leadership: the Trait Theory, The Behavioral/Style Theory, The Functional Theory, and finally the Transactional/Transformational Theory. Each of these is elaborated up in subsequent paragraphs. Next, the paper explores leadership in education and the necessity of having a strong team working with the leader. The paper concludes with a discussion of team leadership and their role to create excitement for new possibilities and greater opportunities.
From the Paper:"Leadership takes on less formal, more psychological roles, than management- even though it is possible to combine them. Leaders challenge the process. Effective leaders challenge the normal process. That is not to say that they are always controversial. Leaders challenge current beliefs and practices and take the initiative to propose and establish better ways of doing things. Leaders do not wait for things to be done, they do them. Leaders inspire a shared vision. Using authority does not appeal to leaders or their followers. Effective leaders inspire and motivate others by appealing to their shared beliefs. Leaders enable others to act. They make information readily available and empower people to their full potential. Leaders help others achieve their goals. Leaders model the way. Leaders demonstrate their beliefs in their actions. They speak honestly about their vision and do what they believe is right. Leaders encourage the heart. Showing appreciation and providing rewards are ways leaders show encouragement and motivate others. Leaders create change, focus on leading people, have followers, have long-term goals and are proactive. They create a vision, approach the vision by setting the direction, facilitate in decision-making, and use personal charisma (Shea, 1999). Leaders appeal to the heart, are persuasive by selling their vision, want achievement, take risks, and break rules. They also have a transformational style, exchange excitement for work, use conflict to resolve issues, and make new roads. Most of all, leaders are concerned about what is right, give credit to others, and take the responsibility for what may go wrong..."
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