Leadership Styles

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Leadership Style

BUS610

11/21/2011

Leadership Style

Organizations depend on capable leadership to guide them through the everyday changes. Every leader should be aware of the value of a well-defined business strategy. Few give thought to the leadership that required to implement strategies that call for changes in the direction or capabilities of the organization. Without proper leadership, even the best and boldest strategies die, their potential never realized. When talking about my leadership style, I don’t really like to take leadership roles unless it is mandatory. I like to listen to all the other group members then go from there. According to our textbook, there are two independent dimensions of leader behavior. Consideration involves leader behavior associated with creating mutual respect or trust and focuses on a concern for group members’ needs and desires. Initiating structure is leader behavior that organizes and defines what group members should be doing to maximize output (Kinicki, Kreitner, 2009). A good leader uses different styles, depending on what forces are involved between the followers, the leader, and the situation. Some examples include an authoritarian style on a new employee who is just learning the job. The leader is competent and a good coach. The employee is motivated to learn a new skill. The situation is a new environment for the employee. I could use a participative style with a team of workers who know their job. The leader knows the problem, but does not have all the information. The employees know their jobs and want to become part of the team. The delegative style may be used with a worker who knows more about the job than you. I cannot do everything and the employee needs to take ownership of her/his job! In addition, this allows me to be at other places, doing other things. Sometimes I may have to look at how much time is available, are...
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