Thoughts On Leadership: My Personal Definition Of Leadership

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Chapter I. Thoughts on Leadership My personal definition of leadership is the sharing of personal and professional knowledge with others to build trust, while providing loyal support to your department as well as senior level managers. The support that is given to subordinates must be absolute and non-superficial, thus motivating followers to accomplish team and organizational tasks and goals. In many formal and informal settings, we have often heard the word “leadership”. Although this term is found in many textbooks, writings, news clippings, college level courses and papers, leadership is a concept that is consistently evolving. Leadership isn’t an attribute that individuals are born with. Although individuals are born with certain characteristics and traits of a leader, those traits are honed throughout the course of a lifetime. Northouse (2010); Kirkpatrick and Locke (1991) suggested there are six traits, if perfected, would create the perfect leader. Those six traits are: drive, integrity, cognitive ability, confidence, motivation and task knowledge. Both Northouse (2010); Kirkpatrick and Locke (1991) believed that individuals possessing these traits weren’t necessarily born with them- they were learned as well. As stated earlier, leadership is an ever-evolving practice that one is subject to throughout the course of a lifetime. Leadership has countless working parts and theories that many human beings can only grasp through formal classroom training. There are leaders however, without formal education and training who are extremely successful in all aspects of their roles. These leaders focus and thrive on employee relations. These dynamic leaders utilize a plethora of styles and theories which helps to faci... ... middle of paper ... .... “The set of deep beliefs and assumptions-the story-that develops over time in a learning organization is so different from the traditional hierarchical, authoritarian organization worldview that it seems to describe a completely different world” (Senge, 1994, p. 21). Many individuals are ‘guilty as charged’, regarding the use of traditional leadership methods. As a Theory X leader, many professions are conditioned to maintain order and control through direct leadership. However, as they begin to mature in their leadership roles, the paradigm may begin to shift. As leaders provide employees the opportunity to project input into major concerns/changes that affect them as a whole, they will see a major organizational shift. Hopefully this change will lead to the learning organization Senge envisioned as the leading concept for U.S. industries in the future.

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