HR Lecture 8 - Leadership
- Not a traditional HRM topic, but typically considered under organizational behaviour (OB)
- Leadership and management education
- Leadership as an opportunity for growth and development
o Clubs and societies
o Service learning
Pervasiveness of leadership
- High levels of interest in political leadership
- Chapters/Indigo search:
o 34,011 results
o Horses never lie: The heart of passive leadership
o A First-Rate Madness: Uncovering the Links between Leadership and Mental Illness
o High Altitude Leadership: What the World’s Most Forbidding Peaks Teach Us About
o Leadership Secrets of Elizabeth I
Salience of leadership failures
- European debt crisis
- Hurricane Katrina
- Last federal election in Canada
- Myth that the leader is a heroic singular figure for organizational performance
o E.g. Truman president desk symbol?
Nature and Importance of Leadership
- Leadership definitions
o “the ability to inspire confidence and support among the people who are needed to
achieve organizational goals”
o Alternative definitions:
Influence, shared goals/direction/vision
Montana and Giuliani: taking blame, doing the right thing
o Considering definitions critically:
What is arguable?
What are commonalities and unique features across multiple definitions?
INFLUENCE - the mediated effect that our behaviour can have on others
Giuliani – taking blame, right thing – moral aspect? - Roadway Express, Inc. example
o Shared leadership approach
o Linked to growth and profitability
o How do we know these things are related?
Post hoc fallacy?
Lack of evidence grounded in this claim…
- Leadership as partnership
o Power between parties in the relationship is balanced
Exchange of purpose; individual and organizational
Leader and followers influence each other
Example of non-leadership: parent and child (no negotiation)
Expression of voice
Telling the truth
- Leadership as relational
o Maintenance and quality of interpersonal relationships as a major driver of success
o Aside (implication): this can be difficult, in times of conflict. It’s important to learn how
to disagree/fight well, without damaging the relationship.