Leadership As The Process Of Making People

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Yukl (2002) defined leadership as the process of making people understand what should be done, how to do it effectively as well as facilitating their efforts with the view of achieving shared objectives. In most cases, leadership is often confused with management. Though there is a thin line between the two, leadership involves establishing direction, aligning people, as well as motivating and inspiring them with an aim of effecting a change whereas management is concerned with planning and budgeting, organizing, controlling and problem soving in a much more predictable or orderly manner (Bratton, Nelson, & Grint, 2005). However, Bratton, Nelson, & Grint (2005) noted that in an organizational setting, the two cannot be separated. Instead, management and leadership compliment each other, with their interaction being influenced by an employees role in the management hierachy, their ability as well as their bias towards each subprocess. According to Bratton, Nelson, & Grint (2005) leadership is one of the most studied topics, mostly due to the assumption that the actions that leaders make, their influence, as well as their personal qualities are of great importance in shaping societal events. With this intense research, varying views regarding leadership have emerged. While some researchers argue that leadership is vital for an organization’s growth, there exists a group of researchers who believe that leadership has no effect on an organizations growth. According to them, growth is driven by employees’ efforts and occurs as long as these employees have the right facilitation to do their work. This thought is informed by the fact that an organization’s perfomance can still dip even without a change in leadership. Interestingly, conti... ... middle of paper ... ...ch by leaders is proving very effective in promoting growth. As noted by Bratton, Nelson, & Grint (2005), this strategy has been used by the popular chairman of the Virgin Group, Richard Branson, who has led the organization since 1973, making it one of the most respected brands in the world. Richard Branson has been able to achieve this by utilizing the talents of his managers. Bratton, Nelson, & Grint (2005) stated that: Branson chooses to operate his company from his private boat, relying on telecommunications to keep in touch with his managers. The logic behind Branson’s remote office is that it gives greater autonomy to his subordinates, spread out in more than 25 London buildings…Indeed, according to many accounts, one of Richard Branson’s greatest virtue is his ability to delegate and allow managers to take control of the pet projects that he initiates. (p. 4)
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