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Chapter One Definition and Significance of Leadership
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Learning Objectives Define leadership and leadership effectiveness Explain why people need leadership Discuss the major obstacles to effective leadership Compare and contrast leadership and management List the roles and functions of leaders and managers Summarize the debate over the role and impact of leadership in organizations
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Definition of Leadership A leader is any person who influences individuals and groups within an organization, helps them in the establishment of goals, and guides them towards achievement of those goals, thereby allowing them to be effective.
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Key Elements of Leadership Group phenomenon: no leaders without followers Goal-oriented: leaders guide and influence others towards a goal Existence of hierarchy within the group: the leader recognized as such
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Definition of Leadership Effectiveness Leaders are effective when their followers achieve their goals, function well together, and adapt to the changing demands of external forces.
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Key Elements of Effectiveness The group achieves its goals The group members work well together – smooth internal functions The group can adapt well to external changes
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Why Do We Need Leaders? To keep groups orderly To keep focus on group goals To accomplish complex tasks To help make sense of the world by providing validation As a romantic ideal
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Obstacles to Effective Leadership Environmental uncertainty Organizational rigidity Falling back on old ideas and simplistic solutions Established organizational culture Inaccessible research
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Exercise 1.1 What is leadership? Individually: list the desirable and undesirable characteristics of their ideal leader Group: keep your own list intact and write the group list on a separate piece of paper
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