Introduction to Leadership

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Chapter 1 : Introduction to Leadership

Introduction arrow_upward

  • Leadership has been described as “a process of social influence in which one person can enlist the aid and support of others in the accomplishment of a common task".
  • Leadership is "organizing a group of people to achieve a common goal".
  • The leader may or may not have any formal authority.
  • Studies of leadership have produced theories involving traits, situational interaction, function, behavior, power, vision and values, charisma, and intelligence, among others.
  • Somebody whom people follow; somebody who guides or directs others is a leader.
  • Leadership is a process by which a person influences others to accomplish an objective and directs the organization in a way that makes it more cohesive and coherent.

  • Process and Trait Leadership arrow_upward

  • Leaders carry out their role by applying their knowledge and skills. This is called Process Leadership.
  • However, traits can influence our actions. This is called Trait Leadership,
    • It was once common to believe that leaders were born rather than made.
  • These two leadership types are shown in the chart below:
  • While leadership is learned, the skills and knowledge processed by the leader can be influenced by his or her attributes or traits; such as beliefs, values, ethics, and character.
  • Knowledge and skills contribute directly to the process of leadership, while the other attributes give the leader certain characteristics that make him or her unique.

  • Definitions arrow_upward

  • According to Koontz, “Leadership is the art or process of influencing people so that they will strive enthusiastically towards the achievement of group goals.”
  • In the opinion of Chester Bernard, “leadership is the quality of behavior of individuals whereby they guide people or their activities in organizing efforts.”

  • Nature of Leadership arrow_upward

  • Effective leadership is a key factor in the life and success of an organization.
  • Leadership transforms potential into reality.
  • Leaders propose new paradigms when old ones lose their effectiveness.

  • Four Factors of Leadership arrow_upward


  • People must have an honest understanding of who they are, what they know, and what they can do.
  • It is the followers, not the leader or someone else who determines if the leader is successful.
  • If they do not trust or lack confidence in their leader, then they will be uninspired.
  • To be successful one has to convince the followers, not oneself or ones superiors, that you are worthy of being followed.

  • Followers

  • Different people require different styles of leadership.
  • For example, a new hire requires more supervision than an experienced employee does.
  • A person who lacks motivation requires a different approach than one with a high degree of motivation.
  • One must know his/her team. The fundamental starting point is having a good understanding of human nature, such as needs, emotions, and motivation.
  • One must come to know his/her employees' be, know, and do attributes.

  • Communication

  • One leads through a two way communication.
  • Much of it is nonverbal. For instance, when you “set the example,” that communicates to your people that you would not ask them to perform anything that you would not be willing to do.

  • Situation

  • Each situation is different.
  • What one does in one situation will not always work in another.
  • One must use his/her own judgment to decide the best course of action and the leadership style needed for each situation.
  • For example, you may need to confront an employee for inappropriate behavior, but if the confrontation is too late or too early, too harsh or too weak, then the results may prove ineffective.

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