Leadership Style

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What style of leadership is the most effective in leading an organization? Is it important to be well-liked, or are results all that matter? Cite examples that support your conclusions.

Each leadership style (Authoritarian, Democratic, and Laissez- Faire) has a purpose and depends on the environment for which it is used. I preferably would want to lead an organization in a democratic setting because we live in a democratic environment; therefore our mentalities as individuals are to naturally have an opinion on how we function in our society. Based on its history, this leadership style is most effective because it values team members input, and receiving feedback will always empower them to be a part of something special. Also, this gives them a sense of responsibility and will motivate them to put their energy and effort towards making the organization better; which will make them more accountable.

Being well-liked is essential for a leader in order to creating a movement for reaching desired results. One well-liked speaker that I can recall that has a great deal of charisma and is currently having success in moving his audience is President Barrack Obama. Although President Obama’s efforts in leading the U.S. out of the current state of recession has resulted in slow progression, his charisma has assisted him in putting initiatives in place that are not well supported by other political parties. According to DuBrin, “charismatic leadership is the most desirable and is defined as the ability to lead or influence others based on personal charm, magnetism, inspiration, and emotion (DuBrin, 2004).” Initially within my experience in management, I did not realize the influence that I had on team members based on my work ethic; and had a strong belief that results were all that mattered. I just assumed that as long as I worked hard, I would have the ability to building rapport with subordinates and peers; but my influence went further than that. By...
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