Articles on Leadership

Leadership is a process by which an executive direct, guide and influence the behavior and work of others. Study in detail about the basics as well as advanced concepts of leadership.

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A leader has got multidimensional traits in him which makes him appealing and effective in behavior. Qualities of a leader are discussed in detail.

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Leadership and management are the terms that are often considered synonymous. It is essential to understand that leadership is an essential part of effective management.

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A leader is one who influences the behavior and work of others in group efforts towards achievement of specified goals in a given situation. On the other hand, manager can be a true manager only if he has got traits of leader in him.

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The difference between authority and leadership is distinct and huge; a person can exercise authority when in a formal position, while it does not go the same for leadership.

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An effective leader must understand the basic needs of employees, peers and his superiors. Learn in detail how Leadership is used as a means of motivating others.

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Emotional Intelligence is the ability to recognize and understand ones own feelings and emotions as well as those of others and use that information to manage emotions and relationships.

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Organizational leadership deals with both human psychology as well as expert tactics. Organizational leadership emphasizes on developing leadership skills and abilities that are relevant across the organizations

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Ethics refer to the desirable and appropriate values and morals according to an individual or the society at large. Correlating ethics with leadership, we find that ethics is all about the leaders identity and the leaders role.

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Without an effective leadership strategy, it is believed, that the organizational strategies do not work. Best players in a team do not guarantee success without a great coach.

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The leadership style varies with the kind of people the leader interacts and deals with. A perfect leadership style is one which assists a leader in getting the best out of the people who follow him.

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A personal leadership brand is an exclusive and a specific approach of a leader to address challenges and manage the transactions with their subordinates. Lets discuss in detail on how to create a personal leadership brand.

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The Level 5 leadership clearly reestablishes the facts about a simple living and high thinking. There are certain actions performed by Level 5 leaders which separate them from the rest of the leaders and senior executives.

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The Situational Leadership method from Kenneth Blanchard and Paul Hersey holds that managers must use different leadership styles depending on the situation. The premise of this theory is that there is no best style of leadership which works effectively in all situations.

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Leaders are role models who influence the culture, values, thoughts and actions of the organization and its people. Lets understand the impact of situational leadership on performance and motivation at workplace.

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The role of the manager as a leader becomes very important where he/she needs to be flexible with the kind of leadership style they can practice with each subordinate. Lets understand the relationship between leadership styles and subordinate development in detail.

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Leadership development involves nurturing, encouraging and mentoring prospective leaders. It is a two way process which is beneficial for both the organization and the candidate showing an inclination to be groomed as a leader.

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This article discusses in detail about one of the most important aspect of potential leaders - Motivation or the will to succeed, which is an integral part of leadership development.

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The article looks at one of the most important issues facing top management regarding grooming leaders from within the organization and then appointing them to the top posts or brining in leaders from outside.

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Transformational leadership is one of the many kinds of leadership styles. The article looks at the need and importance of the transformational leadership in the corporate world.

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Lets look at the traits and attributes needed in the 21st century leaders. The article looks in detail at the various aspects of leadership for the 21st century.

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Transleadership is the interaction of strategy, leadership, and the soul of organizations. Lets discuss the concept of Transleader in detail.

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Ambitious leaders should consider an organization as robust as the weakest point and should treat each aspect of organization as significant, i.e., they should not ignore any organizational aspect.

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Wall Street and Dalal Street are obsessed with short-term results and this is affecting business leaders from undertaking meaningful change. While short-term results are important, an obsessive focus on them would jeopardize the strategies to actualize change, which takes time and effort.

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Because of the compelling challenges that future leaders face, there is a need to reinvent management and transform business. The message for future leaders is that they can reconcile themselves to the fact that the future does not hold any promise or they can help to transform the world of business through proactive and visionary leadership.

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This article examines the need to explore new opportunities and at the same time exploit existing avenues as a means of surviving the contemporary times. The key theme is that companies must learn to think about tomorrow and live in the present at the same time without resting on the successes of yesterday.

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How to succeed in an economy that is slowing and where the job opportunities are shrinking and salary hikes are diminishing? The answer is to invest in oneself and learn new skills and be prepared for any opportunities that come ones way.

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The social media revolution challenges many traditional concepts of organizational communication. In particular, business leaders must have six essential skills to navigate the turbulent waters of the social media seas and this article discusses the skills that would help the business leaders succeed in utilizing social media in their organizations.

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Though modern day business leaders usually ignore social stratification and the prevalence of hierarchy, this article argues that to be a truly great leader, one has to be aware of these differences yet rise above them. A key theme in this article is that before implementing global and cosmopolitan strategies, an assessment of the ground realities is needed.

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This article discusses one of the key themes that have emerged in recent months: What happens when leadership itself is unethical? The article discusses how the organizational processes and culture must be resilient and when such a situation arises, the principle that no individual is greater than the organization must be followed.

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In recent years, the business world has witnessed several instances where leaders were recalled to companies or brought in from outside to rejuvenate the companies. This article examines the theme of leadership in times of adversity and analyzes the elements of such leadership and the characteristics of such leaders. The key point being made in this article is that it does not take much to steer the companies during good times but it takes a lot to turnaround the companies from adversity to success.

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This article discusses the need for the employees and the managers to have emotional and spiritual intelligence. The key theme in this article is that high performance is delivered by self-actualization of the employees and therefore, both SQ and EQ are needed that would not abandon the profit imperative and at the same time would make us take our next evolutionary leap.

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As management knowledge is supported by various theories, the leadership function of management too is authenticated by various theories. All the important theories of Leadership are discussed in detail

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Robert Blake and Jane Mouton proposed a graphic portrayal of leadership styles through a managerial grid. The grid depicted two dimensions of leader behavior - concern for people and concern for production

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The theory was developed by Robert House and has its roots in the expectancy theory of motivation. The theory is based on the premise that an employees perception of expectancies between his effort and performance is greatly affected by a leaders behavior.

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According to contemporary theorists, leaders are not like other people. They do not need to be intellectually genius or omniscient prophets to succeed, but they definitely should have the right stuff which is not equally present in all people.

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The trait model of leadership is based on the characteristics of many leaders - both successful and unsuccessful - and is used to predict leadership effectiveness.

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According to LMX theory, leaders form different kinds of relationships with various groups of subordinates. One group, referred to as the in-group, is favored by the leader.

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Transformational leadership can be found at all levels of management. Transformational leaders are visionary, inspiring, daring, risk-takers, and thoughtful thinkers.

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Transactional leadership involves motivating and directing followers primarily through appealing to their own self-interest. The leader believes in motivating through a system of rewards and punishment.

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The leadership continuum was originally written in 1958 by Tannenbaum and Schmidt and was later updated in the year 1973. Their work suggests a continuum of possible leadership behavior available to a manager and along which many leadership styles may be placed

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Rensis Likert and his associates studied the patterns and styles of managers for three decades at the University of Michigan, USA, and identified a four-fold model of management systems.

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According to this model, the leader has to match the leadership style according to the readiness of subordinates which moves in stage and has a cycle. Therefore, this theory is also known as the life-cycle theory of leadership.

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Fred E. Fiedlers contingency theory of leadership effectiveness was based on studies of a wide range of group effectiveness, and concentrated on the relationship between leadership and organizational performance.

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A leader cannot lead if his followers do not trust him. A leader discovers the employees’/followers problems and tries to solve them, but it is the trust that his followers hold on him which tells whether the leaders retrieve the knowledge and intellectuality required to solve the problems..

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Leadership is a significant aspect of management. In order to ensure organizational success, co-operation from subordinates as well as greater efficiency, it is important for a manager to be a great, effective and a true leader.

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Who is a leader - A strong leader is one who thinks and plans ahead. He is ready with solutions and he understands the pulse of his employees.

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A leader with a vision can foresee the future and can remain in the present. A vision is an end towards which leader can spend and direct his energy and resources.

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For simplicity and understanding purposes power is usually classified into 5 categories - Coercive Power, Reward Power, Legitimate Power, Expert Power and Referent Power. Lets understand these different types of powers in detail.

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Unlike male leaders, the reference point for a good leadership has been inadequately defined for women leaders. Let us try to explore the context of women leadership in an organization.

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This article discusses the internal struggle that goes on within the leaders in the current scenario where the competing urges of sacrificing ethics for short-term gains versus the more satisfying longer-term rewards that are fulfilling from values and ethics should ultimately lead to the latter triumphing over the former. The key theme in this article is that leadership is always about taking the road less traveled that makes all the difference in the end.

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Leadership is determined by a host of factors among which the cultural dimension is an often neglected and little understood one. Therefore, this article discusses the cultural dimensions of leadership and the mediating role that globalization has played with some leaders becoming western and others turning inward. The key theme in this article is that as aspiring leaders or aspiring employees, you must determine your core values and then seek companies to work for accordingly instead of perpetually being at odds because of a clash between your inner values and the values of the organization you work for.

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This article examines the differences between scarcity and abundance mindsets in leaders. The key themes in this article are that leaders have both scarcity and abundance mindsets and hence, they must wear the appropriate hat depending on the situation as well as what their inner radar says about adopting a particular stance.

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Each leader has different leadership styles and this article examines how different folks have different strokes of leadership styles. Drawing upon examples from the real world, this article explains the different leadership styles of famous leaders in the global context. The key themes in this article are that leadership is as much about the fit between personality and organizational needs as it is about the alignment between leaders and the people who preceded them.

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This article draws upon the research on leadership pertaining to persuasion and being open to persuasion that are increasingly needed in the contemporary business landscape due to rapidly changing market trends. In addition, this article makes the case for leaders to manage the past experiences and lessons learnt, present challenges, and future expectations in a manner resembling the confluence of the three time senses. Apart from this, this article draws on real world examples to support the points made in the discussion.

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Chaos is a fact and feature of modern life. This is more the case with businesses where the managers and leaders have to make decisions that affect their businesses and hence, cannot afford to be complacent. This article examines how the managers and leaders of tomorrow can help themselves and their organizations by learning to live in the moment, be visionary about the future, and backed by an understanding of the past.

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This article examines leadership in the contemporary world. Balancing theory with real world examples, this article would serve as an excellent resource for those who want to understand how the textbook theories of leadership are practiced by legendary real world leaders and how leadership in turbulent times is often misunderstood by many.

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We live in the Age of Networks. Therefore, it is essential to develop Network Thinking to succeed in the 21st Century. Having said that, one cannot ignore purely local events as well. Thus, one needs to develop network thinking complemented by Glocal thinking to respond to global and local events by a combination of global and local thinking. Apart from this, to succeed in the 21st Century, one needs to develop a Zen-like calmness that would help alleviate information overload and overloaded thought processes.

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