LDR/531 Organizational Leadership
January 15, 2012
Leaders are special people and not everyone has what it takes to lead, or be a leader. A true leader has certain traits that make them stand out within a group of people. A good leader should be able to guide a group of people with influential guidance. Good leaders portray good ethical, morals, and values of a current belief. In business management a good leader must believe in a company and the product or message they want to share to the world. This paper will explain one major approach to leadership, and the strengths and weaknesses of leadership. According Leadership in Organizations 7th edition by Gary Yukl “Leadership has been defined in many different ways, but most definitions share the assumption that it involves an influence process concerned with facilitating the performance of a collective task”. (Yukl, 2010 p.14) Leadership can also be viewed as a behavior or even characteristics of a person personality. Some titles a leader may have are titles such as CEO, President, Executive and Vice President. Leaders set goals, manage goals, and also empower to created change. Can a leader be a leader without being in a leadership role in a company? According to Leadership in Organizations 7th edition “there is a continuing controversy about the difference between leadership and management. It is obvious that a person can be a leader without being a manager, and a person can be a manager without leading.” (Yukli, 2010 p.4) In chapter one the reading discusses leadership vs. Management. When people think about leadership sometimes people also link leadership with managers and managers as leaders and sometimes they maybe neither. Let’s take for example a financial manager, they are in charge of budgets and proposals not really people but that does not mean they are not managers.
One major approach to studying leadership is situational approach....