Essay on What Leadership Means to Me

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What Leadership Means To Me By: Cindy Ouellette MGT 420 Theory and Practice of Leadership Instructor: Rick Chaffee, Ph.D. January 24, 2012 Abstract Leadership is a very broad topic; I never knew just how many different traits and skills that it takes to become an effective leader. Some of which I was familiar with, and others that I was not aware of, but now from taking this course, they all seem to be necessary for the role of leadership. The attached paper, will explain of some of the important theories and concepts that I thought were most important to be able to become and effective leader. There were four theories that I found especially helpful for…show more content…
They both have to influence individuals of their team, they both have to work with people, and they both are working towards accomplishing a common. Leadership in my mind and how the books explain the roles of a leader is that you must have the knowledge and the skills to be a effective leader. Defining leadership can have different meanings for different people. Leadership occurs in groups and the groups become the followers of the leader. Leaders need to initiate the relationship, create the communication and carry the burden of maintaining the relationships , (pp. 2-3). Management in my mind and as the book reinforces the definition to be, to plan, to organize, to staff for the process, and to control the process to the end. These are consider the primary functions of the management role (p.8). The differences between the two are; management you are to provide order and consistency to organizations, and leadership is to produce change and movement. A good example the difference between the two is shown on figure 1.2, where is strictly labels the difference between the management functions and leadership roles. Like mentioned above, management is to plan, organize, staffing and control, and leadership is to establish, align and motivate individuals. Again, they both overlap with having to work with people and working toward a
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