Leadership As A Vision For An Organization

1703 WordsAug 7, 20147 Pages
Leadership is one of the most comprehensively researched processes in the behavioral sciences, because the success of all economic, political, and organizational systems depends on the effective and efficient guidance of the leaders (Barrow 1977). Therefore, to better understand the success of an organization, study its leaders. Great leaders create a vision for an organization, articulate the vision to the followers, build a shared vision, craft a path to achieve the vision, and guide their organizations into new directions (Banutu-Gomez and Banutu-Gomez 2007; Kotter 2001). According to Schneider (1987), the most important part in building an organization with a legacy of success is the people in it. Servant leaders are identifiable by certain characteristics, including the commitment to listen, to empathize, to look at the big picture in any situation, to communicate clearly and to grow community. Any one of those characteristics would be seen as important in the service to others. Every characteristic of a Servant Leader can be developed. Once developed, and put into practice, the Servant Leader gains the trust of others, which leads to inspiring followers. Inspired followers are the key to transforming an organization. (Carroll, 2005) Hunter (1998) maintains that “you manage things, you lead people” (p.28). Servant leadership is based on authority which stems from a trust relationship established when needs are identified and met. A servant leader utilizes the tools of
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