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Running head: CONCEPT OF INFLUENCE IN LEADERSHIP 1 Concept of influence in leadership Student name Institutional affiliation
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CONCEPT OF INFLUENCE IN LEADERSHIP 2 ABSTRACT The concept of leadership is built on how the leaders influence the values, attitude, and decisions of those they lead. Influence brings in power over the followers. It allows the leaders to not only call for action but also build on the performance. The report explores some of the influence processes in which tech leaders such as Elon Musk, Tim Cook, and Jeff Bezos are using for organizational change. The three have earned themselves the respect and influence in the world by leading the change in innovation. INTRODUCTION Influence allows one person to induce change on another. The influence will impact an individual’s behavior, attitude, opinion, and values. In essence, influence is an inherent matter in leadership. The influential dimensions of leadership make it easy for the leader to impact the lives of the followers. Besides, leadership cannot exist without power/influence, and thus, a leader should be able to change the people they lead. A leader exerts an enormous amount of social and ethical change to those they lead. Leadership influences others towards achieving the goals and objectives of an institution or organization (DuBrin, 2015). They influence others through their acquired power. Leaders use social influences to maximize the efforts of those they lead. The upper tiers of leaders use the support of their understanding, values, and beliefs to exercise influence on others (Lunenburg, 2012). The upper echelon of leaders, whether in politics or organization, use specific influence processes to impact change and power to their institutions. They also seek high challenges to instill a sense of determination to the followers. Influence is dynamic, and so is leadership. Not all leadership behavior is acceptable. However, leaders use the influence processes to determine the leadership styles to incorporate in leadership (Hogg, 2010). Leader-member exchange is reliant on the influence process. The influence processes vary depending on the extent to which the subordinates are allowed to participate in decision making. This is dependent on the personal characteristics and the environment of the followers (Love et al., 2017). Some followers seek for achievement-oriented leaders while others aim for supportive, directive, and participative roles of the leaders to influence them. Leaders need to examine the characteristics of their followers to be able to control them to the set objectives. Role of influence in contemporary leadership The success of an organization is reliant on the effectiveness of leadership. Through control, leaders can encourage people to work together toward a common goal.
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