Characteristics Of The Leadership Styles

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Each of the leadership styles described in this week’s reading demonstrated unique qualities that would be beneficial when dealing with specific situations and social groups. Below, I outlined the three significant differences I observed in the text, and gave examples of how the differences connected to my own professional life.

Difference #1: Intellectual leadership is a style prompted by the demand for change, which is rooted in creative problem solving. Burns states that “the life of an intellectual leader is inherently conflict ridden” (p.143). This type of leader must be willing to confront what is favorable and instead pursue what is truly the best option, by dealing “with both analytical and normative ideas” (Bruns, 1975, p.142) The text also suggests that an unique component of this style is that “the philosophies had few illusions about man as he was;they had high hopes about man as he could be. (Burns, 1975, p. 143). Application of this principal is demonstrated when administrators actively participate in the development and implementation of initiative that will improve student learning/retention. Depending on what side of the camp you are on, standards based instruction can be seen as the “high hope” of what education could be. It is important to note that it is challenging for a single individual to act as intellectual leader, because the development of ideas requires a structure for discourse (Burns, 1975, p.153). My department has demonstrated this
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