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BUS 660 Contemporary Issues in Organizational Leadership   WEEK THREE FORUM   PROFESSOR Martin Cain     Readings Read Chapters:  7 ( pg. 203-260) Leadership Traits;  8   (p.  261-317) Leadership Behaviors  Leadership: Enhancing the lessons of experience  (6th  ed.).  New York, NY:  McGraw-Hill Irwin.  Discussions Leadership Behavior Provide an overview of two  leadership behavioral studies , concentrating on their implications to  better understand a leader.  Additionally, discuss strategies and methods an individual may consider to change their behavior and  enhance their leadership abilities.  MY FORUM: Leader Behavior Description Questionnaire (LBDQ) – page 265 In order to better understand a leader we must be able to measure the variety of personality attributes  that define a good leader or a bad leader.  One way that those attributes can be measures is through  questionnaires.  The Leader Behavior Description Questionnaire (LBDQ) measures different leader  behaviors in the work environment.  In addition to the LBDQ, the researches at Ohio State University  developed an additional questionnaire titled The Supervisory Descriptive Behavior Questionnaire  (SBDQ).  The results of those measures would provide insight into whether the leader’s were  categorized under either the “…consideration” or “initiating structure”.  According to Hughes, Ginnett  and Curphy (2009) “Consideration refers to how much a leader is friendly and supportive toward  subordinates” and “Initiating structure refers to how much a leader emphasizes meeting work goals  and accomplishing tasks” (p. 266). I know I have met some individuals along my travels that just amaze me that they are in positions of  leadership.  When I encounter people that are not the nicest people to work for, it gives me insight  into what they can do to become a better leader.  Many times, if a person is confronted with the  behaviors that bother others, they may alter their actions in order to better suit the environment.  Research shows that some managers seem to be able to change on their own after gaining insight on  how their behavior affects others.  This insight is often gained through reflection, in-depth  assessments, or 360-degree feedback.  Leaders can create development plans for themselves, and 
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they can also help their followers with behavioral change through coaching or mentoring programs  (Hughes, Ginnett and Curphy, 2009, p. 307).   Jody FORUM POST #1 Behavioral   Studies   Sara Simpson   5/12/2010 1:30:17  PM
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