Josh Martin.pdf

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Published on 18 Mar 2014
School
York University
Department
Organization Studies
Course
ORGS 1000
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By#Jessica#Gahtan#
Josh Martin
Martin works at the Centre Settlement House
Worked there for 20 years
Martin gets things done through his participative leadership style
Recently, he has gotten more responsibilities
He’s always on call, and basically Saunders’ bitch
Tension between the two has existed for a long time
Saunders blames Josh for everything
Josh is the only reason things get done
Saunders has an autocratic leadership style
If Josh tried to find work elsewhere- Saunders would likely find out, he
feels stuck- continual commitment (= the worst kind)
Leadership is defined as “the ability to influence people towards the
attainment of organisational goals(Samson & Daft, 2008). However, among
all the ideas and writings about leadership, there are three different aspects
that influence effective leadership; people, influences and goals. In other
words, leadership is self-motivated as it involves the use of power to
influence people to achieve goals and outcomes (Samson & Daft, 2008).
Effective leaders are essentially a fine balance between characteristics/traits,
behaviors, sources of power, the use of power and aspects of the situation
(Vojya, 2010). However, in saying that, there are many factors that contribute
in attaining effective leadership (Ahmad, 2011). Some of these characteristics
include; empathy, communication, respect, accountability, listening, attitude,
integrity, and many more.
Empathy is the understanding and identification of another’s feelings, situation
and goals. An effective leader should be able to empathize with their team
members in order to achieve a positive environment. Saunders lacks empathy
and in turn respect for his fellow team members, in that he doesnt appreciate
the work that is being done around him, including that of Martin. When Martin
proposes the issue of raises to Saunders, Saunders rejects the idea ranting,
“Everybody wants a raise here. It’s about time people started doing more
work and stopped whining about money.This is also conveys negative
communication skills, as Saunders doesnt even attempt to resolve or explain
his decision to Martin. In contrast, Martin often gets his work done through his
“participativeleadership style, as well as earning the respect and appraisal
from his fellow team members, by listening and implementing the many ideas
that they offer, “Josh listens to us and tries to implement some of our ideas to
make life simple around here”.

Document Summary

Martin gets things done through his participative leadership style. He"s always on call, and basically saunders" bitch. Tension between the two has existed for a long time. Josh is the only reason things get done. If josh tried to find work elsewhere- saunders would likely find out, he feels stuck- continual commitment (= the worst kind) Leadership is defined as the ability to influence people towards the attainment of organisational goals (samson & daft, 2008). However, among all the ideas and writings about leadership, there are three different aspects that influence effective leadership; people, influences and goals. In other words, leadership is self-motivated" as it involves the use of power to influence people to achieve goals and outcomes (samson & daft, 2008). Effective leaders are essentially a fine balance between characteristics/traits, behaviors, sources of power, the use of power and aspects of the situation (vojya, 2010).