Contemporary Issues in Organizational Leadership
In today’s world of business and commerce, effective leadership is necessary to drive the masses and achieve productivity. Being a leader has many advantages and challenges. There are also many effective leadership styles that one can follow. In this paper, the term and concept of leadership will be defined, several types of effective leadership will be discussed as well as how one’s leadership style is developed and modified. Also, my own experience as a leader will be shared along with the advantages and challenges of my leadership style.
Define the term and concept of leadership style. Leadership is defined as a complex phenomenon involving a leader, their followers, and a situation (Hughes, Ginnett, and Curphy, 2012). The definition of leadership can be extended to include certain behaviors, personality traits, and physical traits of the leader. According to the text, leadership is a social influence process shared among all members of a group (Hughes, Ginnett, and Curphy, 2012). Leadership as a concept encompasses one’s actions, influences, and rational reasoning (Hughes, Ginnett, and Curphy, 2012).Good leaders make sure that the people they work with are recognized for their contributions because such leaders want to provide a climate in which everyone feels cared for and appreciated (Wang, 2010). Employees want to feel cared for and appreciated in their jobs.
Provide a brief discussion of a minimum of three (3) leadership styles. Historically, four main leadership styles have been present in societies: authoritarian, democratic, laissez-faire, and sometimes all three combined (Wang, 2010). Today, there are many styles of leadership. Interactive leadership style is the first to be discussed. In interactive leadership, the leader engages with others to promote their self-worth and believes best performance results from the employees being excited about their work (Hughes,
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