Leadership and Direction

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LEADERSHIP AND DIRECTION 0 Leadership and direction Q1. How do questions help to ensure that a project is successful? Leaders do not operate in isolation by definition, to lead means that one's subordinates are willing to follow. Asking questions creates a valuable dialogue between all project participants and creates a high level of investment in the project on every level of the organizational hierarchy. Asking questions also ensures that a detailed and organized plan will be in operation: answering the right questions raises the likelihood that the project's goals will be realized; that the project will be completed in a timely fashion; and that all project participants understand what needs to be done. "There are two primary functions of leadership; initiation of structure or task direction and the conditions for performance, and consideration or a leader's sensitivity to and consideration of subordinates needs and feelings" (Kearns 2004). Asking questions enhances both of these capabilities. Change resistance is also common and asking questions encourages group participants to see change as necessary and fruitful, and something in which all group members must participate. "The ability of the individual and the group or organization to compromise so that each could profit from the other could enhance the group's total well being. This group focus basically implies that the common good can be enhanced through the willingness of individuals" (Powell 2002). Asking
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