Leadership and People

9624 Words Dec 12th, 2010 39 Pages
Promoting Servant Leadership in the Youth
Defining Leading and Leadership

Leading is defined as:

1. Influencing others to take action toward specific goal.

2. Guiding and directing on a course, and as serving as a channel. A leader is someone who has commanding influence.

Leadership is defined as:

1. It is the process of influencing and directing activities of members toward goal accomplishment.

2. It is about ordinary people who care. People who care enough to get extra ordinary things done.

3. It is the capacity and will to rally men and women to a common purpose and the character which inspire confidence.

4. It is simply not an art (emotional/instinctual) or a science (rational/acquired). It is a blend of the
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And he is generous with his praise of my work – I guess, because this reflects well on his leadership in the eyes of outsiders. But at the same time and probably for the same reason, he comes down hard when we make mistakes or he feels that we have let him down. I sometimes resent being so uninvolved and feeling so unimportant. I would like to speak out and even disagree with the leader – for he is not right all the time, but I’m not sure how this would go over with the others in the group. While we spend a lot of time talking about the boss and his ways outside meetings, we tend to turn into lambs when he is around. I guess it is because we would not like to hurt and upset him. So things keep going on in the usual way.

2. Democratic or Participative Style

Characteristics of democratic leaders can be summed up in the following:

• They are generally as concerned with maintaining group effectiveness as with completing the task to be done.

• They encourage members in their groups to express their ideas and feelings, because they believe that such a climate leads to greater creativity and commitment.

• If they encounter resistance or conflicts, they allow them to surface and they seek the help of their groups in removing the resistance or resolving the conflicts.

• They encourage joint decision-making as well as shared goal-setting.

• They rarely set policies without explaining the reasons and proposing them to