Organizational Leadership Final Paper
Leadership is like the weather, everybody talks about it but no one does anything about it. Leadership is a strange concept. Everyone can think of examples of great leaders, such as Nelson Mandela, Gandi, Churchill. We just elected one of the first black presidents who will be remembered as one of the best leaders and one who has changed the way in which people think and deal with racial issues out in the open all over the world. The president our new leader has followers from all over the world and it is not because of his color it is because they feel that he is sincere in his approach in turning around the United States economy. Barack Obama has a very funny sounding name, but he has shown to be one of the brightest most personable president/leader of all times.
The term “leadership” is a word taken from the common vocabulary and incorporated into the technical vocabulary of a scientific discipline without being precisely redefined. As a consequence, it carries extraneous connotations that create ambiguity of meaning (Janda, 1960). Additional confusion is caused by the use of other imprecise terms such as power, authority, management, administration, control, and supervision to describe similar phenomena (Yukl, 2010).
In most organizational settings leaders are legitimate power; they are typically assigned to positions giving them authority over a group of people. Of course there are many instances when this rule is violated, but in general leaders occupy formal positions of power. There are other positions that require leaders that are not in formal supreme power position. The position I hold is that of a property manager; I am the leader of AMP 8 which is located in South Central, Los Angeles. I have one of the worst gang infested territories in the County. As a leader the leader should have coercive... [continues]
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