Leaders and Leadership Skills Term Paper by Nicky

A discussion on the skills required of leaders in the business environment.
# 150292 | 1,777 words | 10 sources | APA | 2012 | US
Published on Jan 30, 2012 in Business (Management)

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The paper addresses the distinctions between a manager and a leader and looks at the influence tactics an effective and ineffective leader will employ. The paper considers the role of intrapersonal and interpersonal skills for today's leaders and also discusses the merits and downsides of formalization in a business.

Leadership and Management
Effective and Ineffective Leader: Influence Tactics
Intrapersonal and Interpersonal Skills
Formalization: Advantages and Disadvantages

From the Paper:

"Effective leadership is the hallmark of any successful organization. A leader should possess good team management skills. This essentially involves the ability to influence people to create a more productive workforce. Change management is an integral part of the today's corporate world. A good leader should have the ability to influence people to move forward and to implement new and productive decisions. [Anita Hall] This could only succeed if the leader is able to obtain the support of the fellow staff. Therefore, a good leader is invariably a good influencer. By influencing people working with him, a leader is able to cut through the resistance to change and increase the group effectiveness.
"A wide array of influence tactics are available for the leader to persuade people to change or adapt their behaviors in the desired fashion. An effective leader will carefully assess the situation and use the appropriate form of influence tactic to effect the necessary changes with the least resistance. Soft tactics such as 'personal appeal', 'rational persuasion', 'ingratiation' and 'inspirational appeal' would be enough in some situations but more forceful methods such as 'legitimating', 'pressure', 'coalitions', 'coercion' etc would be appropriate for other circumstances. [Anita Hall] Soft tactics create a 'favorable follower attitude' while coercive hard tactics may result in compliance without any transformation in the attitude. [California State University]"

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Anita Hall, (March 2007), 'Influence: The Essence of Leadership', Retrieved Aug 17th 2009, from, http://www.ianrpubs.unl.edu/epublic/live/g1695/build/g1695.pdf
  • California State University, 'Influence Tactics', Retrieved Aug 17th 2009, from,file:///C:/Documents%20and%20Settings/Owner/Local%20Settings/Temporary%20Internet%20Files/Content.IE5/OUZ8RPU1/Influence%2520Tactics%5B1%5D.ppt#260,9,What tactics are most likely to change followers' attitude?
  • Kotterman, James, (July 2006) , 'Leadership Versus Management : What's the Difference?', Journal for Quality and Participation ,
  • Peter Coutts, 'Leadership Vs Management', Retrieved August 16th 2009, from, http://www.telusplanet.net/public/pdcoutts/leadership/LdrVsMngt.htm
  • Mulhauser Consulting Ltd, 'Management Skills and Leadership Skills', Retrieved, August 17th 2009, from, http://coaching.mulhauser.net/executive/manage-vs-lead.html

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