Leadership Leadership is the process of leading a group of people and influencing them to achieve the goals of an organization. Not all mangers could be leaders as leadership is one of the four functions of management (Robbins, Coulter, & Vohra, 2009). It is observed that all mangers should have some leadership qualities in them. Many definitions are provided for term leadership. Some researchers are of the view that there are as many definitions for leadership as there are persons who tried to define this concept.
Leadership Theories Comparison and Contrast Melissa A. Swinson Barry University Abstract This paper will identify different leadership theories that have I have felt have been most helpful as well as least helpful in relating to leadership insights. There is a wide variety of theories to explain the concepts and practice of leadership. I will provide an overview of the more dominant or better known theories. Leadership is a process that involves influence with a group of people toward the realization of goals as well as a dynamic and complex process. A lot of what is written today tends to over-simplify the process.
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Managers have a many tasks to do on a daily basis, and one of the many tasks is their associates. Not all managers are capable to be leaders, in order to become a leader they must earn their associates trust, but also “inspire and motivate people to give their best” (Managing Leadership, 1996). Being a leader comes with a lot of responsibility and certain qualities that will make them an effective leader. A leader is defined as “someone who can influence others and who has managerial authority”, other than that they must “influence [their associates] to achieve goals”, which is also known as leadership (Robbins, Decenzo & Coulter, 2015). Theories based on traits, contingency, situational or transformational are just some leadership techniques
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