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Part A: Introduction to Leadership
Leadership is when an individual has influence within a society. They offer aid, support and set an example for others to follow that create positive change that is used to complete tasks. The position or function of a leader, a person who guides or directs a group. Dictionaryonline.com, 2012
In Sun Tzu 's "Art of War," the Chinese military general writes about leadership and what it requires. “The masterful leader cultivates the moral law, and strictly adheres to proper methods and discipline; thus it is in his power to control success”.
While leadership and management work together, they are not the same thing. The differences are management plan, organise and coordinate. A leaders job is to inspire motivate and direct. Managers often use tools that have already been discovered to maintain teams where leaders innovate and develop.
Management is all about systems, structure and control that are all dictated by the bottom line. Leaders eyes are aimed to the future and their focus is on the people that they wish to inspire and gain the trust of to create successful relationships through challenges.
The main difference is that management does at they are directed and right, where as leaders do the right thing.
“Two great principles of leadership are: 1) Leaders are made not born. 2) Leadership is a journey not a destination, a process not a program”. Steve Stanley, Energy Pulse 2007
The practice of leadership is important because it maximizes efficiency and aids in reaching organizational goals. It also creates a better understanding of what a leader is and how to be an effective influential leader. By understanding this it will initiate actions, how to create motivation and provide guidance. It also builds and creates confidence and build morale within a work environment that will help achieve full co-operation so that employees perform at their
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