Read Ch. 10, 11, & 12 in
by Schermerhorn, Hunt, and Osborn.
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
”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
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