Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Introduction by Candice Cosby

Guidance, discipline, inspiration, and influence, are all characteristics of a powerful leader. Although a leader can be defined in many ways, the book “Essentials of Organizational Behavior” defines leadership as the “ability to influence a group toward the achievement of a vision or set of goals” (Robbins and Judge).  Although it is apparent that a leader is needed in order to guide others, it is not  to be confused with the term of management. A manager is defined as the person or persons controlling and directing the affairs of a business, institution, etc. It is management’s responsibility to execute proper order and monitor outcomes of different situations. Leaders set the examples for others, and by setting examples for others, it allows motivation to take place. In the long run, this motivation will pay off and tasks will be completed so that goals are met. Leaders are there to extend a helping hand despite obstacles and to show they care. Additionally, a leader must be able to gain the trust of his or her followers. Simply put, with no trust, there is no relationship. In any organization, there must be an apparent leader who takes charge and directs employees. Although the term management and leadership are defined differently, there are managers who are also leaders. In addition, without a leader, there is a good chance that there could be a downfall in the organization. Is it critical that organizations identify leaders by applying different leadership theories. Furthermore, placing a leader in a role that highlights his/her specific leadership characteristics and style is critical to maintain a healthy and successful work environment.

There are many facets of leadership that will be described further throughout this blog. Topics that will be covered include: the costs of leaders in an organization, research on leadership theories, popular press, public opinion, ongoing debates, and validation of leadership. Finally, the blog will end in a conclusion that analyzes teamwork. The analysis comes from the authors of the blogs reflecting their experiences of working in a team environment. In result, people can learn how to use these key topics in their workforce, future business ventures, and in their daily lives.

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