Contemporary Theories of Leadership

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Contemporary Theories of Leadership Dr. J.M. Collins Spring 2010
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What is Leadership? “A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.” ~John C. Maxwell
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What are the Most Important Elements of Leadership? Managing Difficult Dialogues Creating a Collaborative Team Leading as Coaching Turning the Troubled Team Around Knowing the right leadership style
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Managing Difficult Dialogues Understanding Dialogues The What Happened Conversation Usually takes the form of blame The Feelings Conversation Almost always at the center of difficult conversations, but they are likely to be ignored or mis-stated The Identity Conversation Discussants are subtly aware of the deeper meaning of the dialogue for them
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Navigating the conversation successfully: Look at the situation from the perspective of a neutral third party Question the other person’s viewpoint instead of focusing on your reaction to their viewpoint Assume you do not know the other person’s motives
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Navigating the conversation successfully: Do not confuse facts with feelings Do not blame Reject the role of victim Be aware of your strengths and weaknesses Do not seek to minimize your sense of discomfort in the conversation
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Managing Difficult Dialogues Promoting Dialogue Bring people forward who would not normally state their views Control or regulate the flow of conversation Provide example of dialogue that suspends assumptions and questions motives
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