Effective Leadership Management

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Leadership Effectiveness What is leadership? A leader is one who influences others to attain goals. The greater the number of followers correlates to the greater the influence. Additionally, the more successful the attainment of worthy goals, the more evident is the leadership. However, one must explore beyond this bare definition to capture the excitement and intrigue that devoted followers and students of leadership feel when they see a great leader in action. Therefore, employees should seek to understand what organizational leaders really do and to learn what it really takes to become a truly outstanding leader. Theories & Models Outstanding leaders combine good strategic substance and effective interpersonal processes to formulate and implement strategies that produce results and sustainable competitive advantage. Hence, it is a little overwhelming, especially when inundated with numerous theories about leadership such as, X & Y theory, path-goal theory, charismatic, traits theory, Vroom model, and contingency theory, etc… Additionally, numerous leadership styles exist in which a manager can employ, such as laissez faire, transformational, employee-centered, tasks-centered, close supervision, participative, democratic, or autocratic (Elliott 2011). Transactional Leadership The transactional leadership theory is one, which is most widespread and commonly used in most organizations (e.g. military). It is based on transactions or deals made between an employee and an
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