Communication, Emotion, Leaders, And Followers

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Communication, Emotion, Leaders, and Followers

To be effective, leaders must understand how to communicate and maintain positive relationships with their followers. Leaders must direct, and appropriately reciprocate emotions. Though challenging, success should ensure followers are engaged participants in a meaningful shared objective.

Leader Follower Relationships

There is a joint effort to achieve goals between leaders and followers. Followers are leaders in training and most leaders are still followers. Leaders are the face of the team, group, company, or organization; and as they hold more responsibility, they become more visible. Followers, in contrast, are often an afterthought in the equation, but without their willingness to participate in the shared venture, success is unlikely.

With common objectives, organizations may use a shared leadership model. (Hackman and Johnson, Leadership p. 19). This model allows more individuals to contribute as leaders. A possible benefit to this may be to allow the individual with a specific skill set to lead in the area that best suited to their competency. An additional advantage of shared leadership is a streamlined decision making process that allows immediate action. A practical example of this model is that used by hospitals and defined as; “Shared Leadership is accountability based on professional organizational structure in which and through which the practicing professional shares authority, responsibility, and…
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