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Does the leadership of an organization have an effect on the employees and the organization?

Debbie Gardner
Shippensburg University
PLS 501-00
Organizational Theory & Behavior

Abstract
Leadership is a critical component in the success of any organization. Over the years, research has been conducted to identify specific aspects of organizational culture that favor particular styles of the leadership in the organization. There has been research done on the definition of leadership. In this study, I will touch on both the definition of leadership, and the importance of the relationship between specific types of organizational cultures and leadership styles. In this study, I found that transformational and transactional leadership styles are the ones that are commonly used in organizations.

The leadership of an organization plays a very important role of the organization. Leadership is one of main areas of study today in professional training. There are a number of books, articles, and research papers written on how we define leadership in the public sector, as well as how it affects the organization. Some leaders are born into the role, such as royalty, where there have been some notable successes and failures. Other leaders become leaders simply because other people choose to follow them. Researchers have been studying the definition of leadership for many years with different results but most agree that leaders have a perceived influence on the organization. Sauer (2011) Most individuals who read these articles are interested, not in the intricacies of leadership, but how they can development into a better leader to help their organization. (DeRue, 2009) The purpose of my study is to examine the following research question, “How the leadership of an organization has an affect on the employees and the organization? So we say, “What exactly is leadership? First, in order to lead one must make an impact on others thoughts. Second, leader’s existence will make sure that there are followers as well because leaders without followers are incomplete. Third, leaders show up whenever they are required in a particular situation. Fourth, leaders have a direction and they know what direction they are going in. In many of my readings, I came across this statement, “Managers do the things right, while leaders do the right thing,” Turk (2007) and I fully understand this statement based on my professional experience, training, and education. Good leaders develop the trust of the employees by walking the talk, and doing what they preach. While reading many articles I understand that we must distinguish the difference between leadership as a personal quality, and leadership as an organizational function. The personal quality of leadership refers to personal characteristics; it leads us to look at the qualities and abilities of individuals. The organization function of leadership refers to distribution throughout an organization of decision-making powers. This leads us to look at the patterns of powers and authority in the organization. Welsh (2005)

To be a good leader you must also has integrity, honestly, and persistence. As a leader you should choose a particular course of action and then in some way get others to go along; or, more subtly, the leader encourages the led to “choose” the course that the groups will follow. Kellerman (2004) How does the leadership of an organization affect the employees and the organization? This is an important topic to study because of the standards of the Commonwealth. When working at the Commonwealth, the norm is every eight years we get a new administration; this means the leadership in an agency is likely to change. Employees resist change, Welsh (2005) defines resisters as people who do not adapt well to the change in an organization or business.

This study begins with a discussion on different definition of the term “leadership.” Next, we will...
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