Does Attitude Reflect Leadership?
By: Walter Jones, Jr.
Ten years ago my entire high school football team went to the movies to see a movie called “Remember the Titans”. This movie offered many lessons to be learned but there is one particular quote that stuck with me even till this day. The quote said, “Attitude reflects Leadership, Captain” (2000, Remember the Titans). Does the attitude of a set of followers really reflect leadership? First, I will define what leadership is. “Leadership is the exercise of influence by one member of a group or organization over other members to help the group or organization achieve its goals” (George, Pg. 391). Looking at that definition the word influence sticks out because it is talking about something affecting a person to make certain decisions (The Free Dictionary.com). In our textbook it talks about work attitudes and how they are caused by dissatisfaction and organization commitment (George, 2008). I believe we can effectively say that it comes from the leaders. It’s the leaders that run the organization. They make the important decisions that affect the lives of their followers. Dictionary.com defines attitude as a “manner, disposition, feeling, position, etc., with regard to a person or thing; tendency or orientation” (Dicitionary.com). If attitude is a feeling with regard towards a person then it must reflect leadership in some way. If any person has any type of influence on someone’s life they are going to feel someway about the scenario. Rather bad or good there will be an attitude an existence about the particular leader in the position of power. However, to play devil’s advocate, I would have to say that all there are other variables that go into how a person feels with in an organization, group or team. There is the problems that surround individuals not liking each other, there are the problems that arise at home, and basically any other problem that arises for the follower. The attitude of a person may...
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