Understanding the Character of Dynamic Leadership

People have been discussing the nature of leadership as long as files have been stored – definitely as far as Homer and his peers. The content continues to grow up and wake us today, but how we value leadership is changing.

Wherever we look for military and political leaders for inspiration and insight, nowadays, business managers are keeping our attention and providing role models.

Ask someone to name a leader that they have approved and they are as likely to mention Richard Branson as Tony Blair Anita Roddick as ] Margaret Thatcher . This focus is on increasing numbers of books and articles about business and major players.

Most people write about good executives and what they need to get the most out of leadership. It is considered one of the most important areas of personal development. This also explains growing interest in leadership courses.

Defining just what makes the leader effective, yet still as hard today as it always was. But that does not prevent us from distilling their secrets – quite the opposite.

Of course, there must be almost as many leadership leaders as there are leaders themselves and models for the best kind of change in leadership over time.

In the 15th century, Niccolo Machiavelli advocates a combination of cunning and intimidation as a way to more effective leadership. His philosophy, if not his practices, became uncomfortable for several years.

"Great Man" doctrine, popular in the 19th century and early this century, based on the idea of ​​leaders and # 39; Who has innate talent that can not be taught. Another approach that weighs is based on trying to identify the key exercises of successful leaders. Behavioral problems lead to leadership in terms of what leaders do rather than their characteristics and try to identify the different roles they fulfill. More recently, attention has been removed from the leader in order to embrace holistic opinion and invest less in what some commentators refer to as the legend of the leader of the leader.

A great recent job in this field has focused on trying to understand why some leaders are more effective than others by looking at the environment and context where their actions have been taken. Situational theories show leadership as they occur, for example, rather than the personality of leaders. It is based on the idea that different circumstances require different kinds of leaders.

The foundation of Governance is to provide a way of effective leadership by adopting different leadership styles in different situations with different people.

Summit is a model not theory . The difference is that theory tries to explain why things happen, but the model is the pattern of existing events that can be learned and, therefore, repeatedly.

Requirements of Leaders :

An effective leader must be:

o Good analytical conditions that can understand and evaluate the difference between people and circumstances.

o Adaptability, in the ability to adapt leadership style under conditions.

A leader must realize that nobody is the best way to influence people .

Foundations of the Summit :

Situational Leadership is a way of describing and analyzing leadership styles. It is a combination of directives and supportive behaviors.

Directive Behavior involves telling people what to do, how to do it, where to do it, when to do it and keep track of these results. Support Behavior involves listening to people, providing support and encouragement for their efforts, and facilitating their involvement in trouble and decision making.

There are four main aspects: Right, Training, Support and Delegating .

Each style is appropriate under certain circumstances. They can show as follows:

o Delegating ie. low support and minimum changes

o Directly ie. Low Support and High Directive

o Support


To those who would suggest that a great leader be born. o Training not done, I'd say this: We can explore all the leaders in history and know some common symptoms, but we can not say they were "born leaders." They all developed their leadership role for a while, learning skills along the way. I believe leaders can evolve – I have to believe because we have too few of them in the world

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