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Organizational Behaviour Ch. 9- Leadership.docx

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Chapter 9 LeadershipQuestion What is leadershipLeadership is defined as the influence that particular individuals exert on the goal achievement of others in an organizational context Effective leadership exerts influence in a way that achieves organizational goals by enhancing the productivity innovation satisfaction and commitment of the workforceOne form of leadership is strategic leadership the leaders ability to anticipate envision maintain flexibility think strategically and work with others to initiate changes that will create a viable future for the organizationLeaders are known to have certain traits individual characteristics such as physical attributes intellectual ability and personalityIntelligence and EnergySelfconfidenceMotivation to leadEmotional stabilityHonesty and integrityNeed for achievementThe Behaviour of Leaders Behavioural TheoriesAccording to a study conducted at Ohio State University in the 1940s leaders are described to have two main behaviours 1Consideration people oriented the extent to which a leader is approachable and showspersonal concern and respect for employees The considerate leader is seen as friendly and egalitarian expresses appreciation and support and is protective of group welfare2Initiating structure task oriented the degree to which a leader concentrates on group goal attainment The structuring leader clearly defines and organizes his or her role and the roles of followers stresses standard procedure schedules work to be done and assigns employees to particular tasks
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