Becoming a Leader Paper MBA 525

Becoming a Leader - Leader 1 Running head LEADER Becoming a Leader in the Workforce Nanine Barnes MBA 525 Saint Leo University Saint Leo Florida

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Leader 1 Running head: LEADER Becoming a Leader in the Workforce Nanine Barnes MBA 525 Saint Leo University Saint Leo, Florida
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Leader 2 In life, an individual can be put into a leadership role, whether by merit, choice or sometimes out of shear necessity. However, having all of the qualities and character traits associated with being a great leader does not happen overnight. It is rather ironic that individuals who possess such talents are often referred to as natural born leaders. Yet the ability to continuously learn and adapt to different situations is something that requires significant life experience. In the business world, people will go to great lengths to demonstrate their ability to lead and will highlight supplemental education or training to demonstrate their leadership skills. A quick pass through the business section at a bookstore will offer up countless pages of advice on what it takes to become an effective leader. To that point, this paper will put forward the ways in which one can become a great leader are as varied as the people providing the advice. In Ken Blanchard’s One Minute Manager , he states that a key attribute of becoming an effective leader is directing. In all business environments, a leader is needed to lead employees in the right direction to improve and complete projects, implement new processes and in creating more efficient systems. At times, certain employees need a little more direction than others. It is important as a manager and a leader to provide the time and effort for these employees. According to Blanchard, these certain employees that need additional directing are “enthusiastic and committed but require direction and frequent feedback to get them started” (1982, p. 57). Managers and leaders should also be very clear in the direction they want the project to go in when delegating to these employees. In Caitlin Friedman’s and Kimberly Yorio’s book The Girl’s Guide to Being
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This note was uploaded on 02/19/2012 for the course PROFESSION 525 taught by Professor Siler during the Summer '11 term at St. Leo.

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Becoming a Leader - Leader 1 Running head LEADER Becoming a Leader in the Workforce Nanine Barnes MBA 525 Saint Leo University Saint Leo Florida

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