Grand Canyon University
The Nature and Dynamics of Organizations
Dr. William Brown
September 5, 2012
In today’s society things are constantly changing, therefore change leadership should be a profound part in any leaders essential skills. Good change leadership should start long before the change itself happens. By building trusting and respectful relationships the leader is so much more well prepared to handle situations of change with those he or she is set to lead (Markus, 2009). Leadership development for the 21st century is holistic: it is centered in groups or organizations, rather than individuals, and engages the group in heart, mind, spirit, and energy (Sandmann & Vandenberg, 1995). A 21st century leader’s values inspires people to exude their doubts and follow their lead. It is imperative that these leaders master the collective power of leadership, professionalism and the human factor in order to relay their messages in a successful manner and truley involve and lead their followers.
A 21st century leader is concerned and focused on what the world should be like. Such leaders like Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., was a change leader who did just that. When it came to being a change leader, Dr. King challenged America to honor its Constitution that mandates unity, equality and justice for all (Riley, 2008). This type of leadership caused change that greatly affected African American citizens when it came to the fight against racism in America as well as peace and unity by teaching America that change can happen when people come together. It is significant in that his change movement was somewhat in line with John Kotter’s, Harvard Business School professors, eight step change model in that he created a sense of urgency for change amongst the American people when it came to equality and peace, he had a vision and communicated that vision of peace...
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