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Concordia University
MANA 298

LEADERSHIP Leadership is a process whereby an individual influences a group of individuals to achieve a common goal. Leaders carry out this process by applying their leadership knowledge and skills. Leadership Characteristics (i) Flexible/Adaptable - How do you handle yourself in unexpected or uncomfortable situations? - An effective leader will adapt to new surroundings and situations, doing his/her best to adjust. (ii) AGood Communicator - As a leader, one must listen...a lot! - You must be willing to work to understand the needs and desires of others. - Agood leader asks many questions, considers all options, and leads in the right direction. (iii) Respectful - Treating others with respect will ultimately earn respect. (iv) Quiet Confidence - Be sure of yourself with humble intentions. 1 (v) Enthusiastic - When a leader is motivated and excited about the cause people will be more inclined to follow. (vi) Open-Minded - Work to consider all options when making decisions. - Astrong leader will evaluate the input from all interested parties and work for the betterment of the whole. (vii) Resourceful - Utilize the resources available to you. - If you don't know the answer to something find out by asking questions.Aleader must create access to information. (viii) Rewarding - An exceptional leader will recognize the efforts of others and reinforce those actions. - We all enjoy being recognized for our actions! (ix) Well Educated - Knowledge is power. - Work to be well educated on community policies, procedures, organizational norms, etc. 2 - Further, your knowledge of issues and information will only increase your success in leading others. (x) Open to Change - Aleader will take into account all points of view and will be willing to change a policy, program, cultural tradition that is out-dated, or no longer beneficial to the group as a whole. (xi) Delegator - An exceptional leader realizes that he/she cannot accomplish everything on his own. - Aleader will know the talents and interests of people around him/her, thus delegating tasks accordingly. (xii) Initiative - Aleader should work to be the motivator, an initiator. - He/she must be a key element in the planning and implementing of new ideas, programs, policies, events, etc. Types of Leadership (i) Autocratic leadership It is an extreme form of transactional leadership, where a leader exerts high levels of power over his or her employees or team members. People within the team are given few opportunities for making suggestions, even if these would be in the team's or organization's interest. 3 Autocratic leadership usually leads to high levels of absenteeism and staff turnover. (ii) Democratic Leadership or Participative Leadership Although a democratic leader will make the final decision, he or she invites other members of the team to contribute to the decision-making process. This not only incre
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