Elements Of Effective Leadership

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The components of effective leadership are:

According to Bolman and Deal (2008), the idea of leadership is not quite straightforward, and there is a debate as to what effective leadership is. However, the authors offer a few elements that define leadership from different viewpoints. Just like many elements within the symbolic frame, leadership is not something tangible nor can it be simply assigned (Bolman & Deal, 2008). Unlike authorities, leaders are not necessarily appointed and do not have to hold an official managerial position (Bolman & Deal, 2008). Instead, leaders are created through relationships with people and their perceptions of the person as a leader (Bolman & Deal, 2008). However, not only leaders could be in the authority
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From the many studies of leaders, it became clear that there is not a single characteristic that would guarantee an effective leader (Bolman & Deal, 2008). However, the above listed characteristics show up more often than many others. Researchers seem to agree that effective leaders communicate vision clearly and offer direction for the enterprise (Bolman & Deal, 2008). Effective leaders are passionate about their work and care about people they work with (Bolman & Deal,…show more content…
As a result, the leaders under each frame would also be characterized differently. Under the structural frame, effective leadership would require an analytic approach, strong focus on building an effective organization, and understanding that an effective structure must be responsive to changes in the organization’s environments. (Bolman & Deal, 2008). Under the human resource frame, effective leadership is believed to be built on openness, clear communication, teambuilding, and empowerment (Bolman & Deal, 2008). Leadership, as viewed through the political frame, is effective when leaders have clear vision of their goals and resources available to realize those (Bolman & Deal, 2008). Effective political leaders can identify key players and use understanding of their interests and power to build relationships (Bolman & Deal, 2008). Under the symbolic frame, the leaders are effective when they can use different symbolic forms to built new, or favorable, meaning to their actions. Effective symbolic leaders create a clear vision and establish strong values, empower and unite people through stories and rituals, and ultimately become heroes of their own organizations through leading by example approach (Bolman & Deal,
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