Leadership in Management
Aljenette M. Brown
Professor Charles Cattermole
March 31, 2014
Leadership in Management
“The successes and failures of projects, organizations, community development and even wars have all been attributed to the effectiveness of the leadership in place at that time. It is then with no surprise that leadership has been the subject of study throughout history. Thomas Cronin stated, Leadership is one of the most widely talked about subjects and at the same time one of the most elusive and puzzling” (What Makes a Great Leader?, 2012)
Being a leader entails more than just giving orders and managing others. Being a leader is being able to help people, listen ...view middle of the document...
Leaders will simultaneously fill many roles interacting, motivating group members, solving conflicts as they arise. Leaders set vision, strategies, goals, and values in order to guide for desired action and behavior. Leaders are characterized by certain traits which distinguish leaders from non-leaders includes drive, desire to lead, honesty, cognitive ability, self-confidence and knowledge. Effective leaders must have two major qualities: knowledge and communication competence. Leader needs knowledge of issue and the ways of effectively leading a team. This knowledge will enable leader to identify alternatives available. You also need to be an effective communicator as equally listener and speaker. Leaders should acquire qualities of flexible, openness, empathetic, courage, interactive, and positive attitude.
“Transformational leadership skills are highly effective in meeting contemporary leadership challenges. Transformational leaders create vision, exude confidence, encourage creativity and nurture individuals. However, true leadership success will be defined by how well a leader can adapt his leadership style to the situation. Leadership success will also be reflected in how a leader can adapt to ever-changing needs and demands of both organization and follower” (What Makes a Great Leader?, 2012).
Transformational leadership will be the best style for me to use when teaching and working with students, especially those with special needs. They are visual and being able to allow them to express their creative side will make a huge difference in how they adapt to me and how well they will do in a class setting. Things are always unpredictable with children, so being able to adjust to every situation that comes will show how effective of a leader I am. As the paragraph above states, being a leader is about how well you can adjust to every situation and it takes a lot of “skills” to be able to switch off and on when issues or problems arise.
Effective leaders naturally motivate people from their actions, which include showing respect, listening, reflecting, and negotiating through conflict. Efficient leaders learn the strengths and weaknesses of their subordinates and utilize group dynamics. Leaders encourage and empower people to achieve success rather than...