Module 6 Readings

Module 6 Readings - MGT 420 Leadership Readings Read Ch....

Info iconThis preview shows pages 1–3. Sign up to view the full content.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
MGT 420 Leadership Readings Read Ch. 10, 11, & 12 in Organizational Behavior by Schermerhorn, Hunt, and Osborn. Introduction dynamic. It is using resources, changing with grace, and trusting and knowing what you do not know. It is valuing assets and respecting legacy, creating momentum and being eFFective and serving the members and the organization. .. leadership is stewardship, which is watching over and guiding the health and welFare oF an organization and its members (Weiskittel, 1999). Superior leadership perFormanceâ ! ”transFormational leadershipâ ! ”occurs when leaders broaden and elevate the interests oF their employees, when they generate awareness and acceptance oF the purposes and mission oF the group, and when they stir their employees to look beyond their own selF-interest For the good oF the group (Bass, 1990b). Entrepreneurs demonstrate leadership at its most dynamic level. They generally share ±ve primary characteristics: always seeking new opportunities, always acting on opportunities, selecting the best opportunities, executing more than analyzing, and involving as many people possible in making an opportunity a reality (Kaplan, 2003). Leadership plays a central part in understanding group behavior. The leader usually provides the direction toward goal attainment. Power is the ability to infuence behavior oF individuals and groups, and politics is the process by which infuence, authority, and power are used to aFFect and infuence group behavior. Leadership Concepts and Style The ability oF an individual or group to accomplish a mission through the actions oF others is the basic concept oF leadership. Describing or de±ning a set oF universal leadership traits is not an easy task because true leaders and their leadership styles are as diverse as the groups they lead. At best, it may be said that individuals who are ambitious; have high energy and a desire to lead; are selF-con±dent, intelligent, and fexible; hold job-relevant knowledge; are perceived as honest and trustworthy are more likely to succeed as leaders than individuals without these traits. The primary understanding oF the essential elements oF leadership indicates that relevant situational
Background image of page 1

Info iconThis preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full DocumentRight Arrow Icon
variables are important to leadership. These variables include the task structure of the job; level of situational stress; level of group support; the leader's intelligence and experience; and follower characteristics such as personality, experience, ability, and motivation. Trait Theories The school of thought that views traits as central to understanding leadership is sometimes referred to as the great person trait approach . One of the earliest theories of leadership, the great person trait approach was introduced more than a century ago. The basis of this theory is to examine what traits differentiate great persons from the masses. For example, what differentiated Alexander the Great,
Background image of page 2
Image of page 3
This is the end of the preview. Sign up to access the rest of the document.

This note was uploaded on 02/17/2012 for the course BUS 316 taught by Professor Na during the Fall '10 term at Grand Canyon.

Page1 / 13

Module 6 Readings - MGT 420 Leadership Readings Read Ch....

This preview shows document pages 1 - 3. Sign up to view the full document.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Ask a homework question - tutors are online