Leading Organizational Change : Tragedy Or Transformation

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Leading Organizational Change
Cornelius Cash
Grand Canyon University
LDR825-Organizational Change: Tragedy or Transformation
August 10, 2016

Leaders are conceptual thinkers and must think in the abstract. Decisions made by leaders are non-programmed decisions, which have never been made before, regarding the direction in which the leader will take the organization. The leader is hired by the Board of Directors to maximize the wealth of the stockholders whom they represent. The leaders planning horizon is generally three years and beyond, depending on the employment contract signed. The BOD reserves the right to fire the leader at any point in time, during the contract period; they feel the leader is not
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Discussed in this paper will be foundational theories of leadership, assessment and adaptation of foundational theories and leadership skills deemed most effective in a changing and competitive health care environment.
Foundational Theories of Leadership
Foundational theories are the backbone of today’s application of leadership in all aspects of a global society. Understanding the characteristics that define successful leadership is not feasible due to application of leadership principles in different circumstances. This does not defray the premise that effective leadership cannot be learned. In fact, learning and understanding the many approaches to leadership allows an individual to internalize and effectively develop a leader’s mentality (Derecskei, 2016). In this section the four core theories on leadership and the tools used under each will be discussed.
Trait Theories
Trait theories were first of the four most common leadership theories. The foundation of trait theory is; leaders are born with the innate ability to lead. In essence, leadership traits are inherent in the genetic makeup of an individual and are natural, not learned predispositions. On the contrary, current research has found leadership traits to be external behaviors emerging from development of cognitive discipline and knowledge growth.
Behavioral Theories
Behavioral theories focus on the
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