Leadership Styles And Leadership Skills

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According to our textbook, “leadership is an influence relationship among leaders and followers who intend real changes and outcomes that reflect their shared purposes” (Daft, 2014, pg. 5). In another word, leadership is not defined by what one individual does, but as the ability to form an alliance, motivate, empowered, coach, and to build relationship with others. Leadership is a set of skills that leaders can practice over time. In addition, there are different leadership perspectives one can develop in order to become an effective leader. Furthermore, there are a number of leadership styles leaders can adapt to. Among them are micromanaging, coaching, democratic, delegating, and many more. All these leadership styles can be added to a…show more content…
Many researchers have lodged a number of theories of leadership to better understand leadership, and most importantly, why some people are better leaders than others. For example, behavioral theories of leadership focus on the leader’s behavior towards followers. Theorist concluded that a leader’s behavior will not only reveal his or her leadership influences, but also determine his or her leadership success. Behavioral theories support a number of different approaches to mandate. The text book describes two important behaviors leaders demonstrate, autocratic and democratic. According to Daft, “an autocratic leader tends to centralize authority and derive power from position, control of rewards, and coercion” (2014, pg. 44). For example, followers rely on their leaders for everything, and they have limited access. On the other hand, “democratic leaders delegate authority to others, encourage participation, relies on subordinate’s knowledge for completion of tasks, and depends on subordinate respect for influence” (Daft, 2014, pg. 44). Followers with democratic leaders have a better chance to grow in an organization. Traits are the distinguishing personal characteristics of a leader, such as intelligence, honesty, self-confidence, and appearance (Daft, 2014, pg. 36). Trait theories assume that people ingrained certain qualities and traits that make them better suited to leadership. Trait theories often identify particular
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