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Leadership 1 Running head: LEADERSHIP Leadership [Author’s Name] [Institution’s Name]
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Leadership 2 Leadership The word leadership has been widely used. Political orators, business executives, social workers, and scholars employ it in speech and writing. Yet, there is widespread disagreement as to its meaning. Among social scientists, the theoretical formulations of the leadership concept have continued to shift, focusing first upon one aspect and then upon another. Much still needs to be done to develop a basic, systematic theory. The time seems ripe for attempting a careful statement of a frame of reference which may serve to make available research more meaningful, and which may guide future research and practice. Specifically, such a frame of reference can perform the useful function of pointing to the variables which need to be measured. It can help us to state hypotheses concerning the key variables underlying leadership effectiveness. It can also provide meaningful objectives for the development of more adequate leaders. We define leadership as interpersonal influence, exercised in situation and directed, through the communication process, toward the attainment of a specified goal or goals. Leadership always involves attempts on the part of a leader (influencer) to affect (influence) the behavior of a follower (influencee) or followers in situation. (Evers, C.W. 2000) Having made these general observations about the definition, I believe an effective leadership in any organization arises in connection with its major components. These components are: Interpersonal Influence Exercised in Situation The Communication Process Directed toward the Attainment of a Specified Goal or Goals
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Leadership 3 Interpersonal Influence: I strongly believe that the essence of leadership is interpersonal
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