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Management and Organizational Studies
Management and Organizational Studies 1021A/B
James O' Brien

HR Lecture 8 - Leadership Why 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 Success o Leadership Secrets of Elizabeth I Salience of leadership failures - European debt crisis - Hurricane Katrina - Last federal election in Canada Leadership symbol? - 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 o Elements:  Exchange of purpose; individual and organizational  Leader and followers influence each other  Example of non-leadership: parent and child (no negotiation)  Expression of voice  Personal accountability  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. - Leadersh
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