Chapter 17 Notes - Chapter 17: Leadership *What are the...

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Chapter 17: Leadership **What are the characteristics that define a leader? (Discussion Question in Class) -Dominant personality -Stands out/power figure -Confidence to confront problems -Have a goal -Set a standard -Integrity -Motivator -Responsible for more than self -Inspire/Manipulator -Well thought out strategies followed by effective tactics -Opinionated (Can be a bad thing) List of Leaders throughout history -Gandhi -Jesus Christ -Mohammed -Buddha -Mother Theresa -George Washington -Benjamin Franklin -Harriet Truman -Martin Luther King Jr. -Barack Obama -Optimist Prime -Genghis Khan -Stalin-Hannibal -Octavian -Pol Pot **What do these leaders have in common? (Discussion Question in Class) -Integrity -Charisma -Power Who are leaders and what is leadership? Leader : someone who can influence others and who has managerial authority. Leadership : the process of influencing a group to achieve goals. Early Leadership Theories 1. Drive . Leaders exhibit a high effort level. They have a relatively high desire for achievement; they are ambitious; they have a lot of energy; they are tirelessly persistent in their activities; and they show initiative. 2. Desire to lead . Leaders have a strong desire to influence and lead others. They demonstrate the willingness take responsibility. 3. Honesty and integrity . Leaders build trusting relationships between themselves and followers by being truthful or nondeceitful and by showing high consistency between word and deed. 4. Self-confidence . Followers look to leaders for an absence of self-doubt. Leaders, therefore, need to show self-confidence in order to convince followers of the rightness of their goals and decisions. 5. Intelligence . Leaders need to be intelligent enough to gather, synthesize, and interpret large amounts of information, and they need to be able to create visions, solve problems, and make correct decisions. 6. Job - relevant knowledge . Effective leaders have a high degree of knowledge about the company, industry, and technical matters. In-depth knowledge allows leaders to make well-informed decisions and to understand the implications of those decisions. 7. Extraversion . Leaders are energetic, lively people. They are sociable, assertive, and rarely silent or withdrawn. Researchers eventually recognized that traits alone were not sufficient for identifying effective leaders since explanations based solely on traits ignored the interactions of leaders and their group members as well as situational factors. Possessing the appropriate traits only made it more likely that an individual would be an effective leader.
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Behavioral Theories (1940s-1960s) Behavioral theories : leadership theories that identified behaviors that differentiated effective leaders from ineffective leaders. There are 4 main leader behavior studies:
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This note was uploaded on 04/08/2010 for the course BUS mgmt340 taught by Professor Tompson during the Spring '10 term at University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign.

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Chapter 17 Notes - Chapter 17: Leadership *What are the...

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