I would have to say that Kevin Kruse defines leadership the best. He goes onto say: “Leadership is a process of social influence, which maximizes the efforts of others, towards the achievement of a goal.”
Definition Key Elements
Leadership stems from social influence, not authority or power;
Leadership requires others, and that implies they don’t need to be “direct reports”;
No mention of personality traits, attributes, or even a title; there are many styles, many paths, to effective leadership; and
It includes a goal, not influence with no intended outcome.
To further our understanding about leadership, outlined below are the different Styles. Keep in mind that just because an individual has the title of Executive, Director, and Manager, does not mean they are a leader.
Autocratic Style – decisions are made without input from those who report to them. The expectation is that each person under their management should follow their orders without explanation.
Democratic Style – those who report to this person are able to provide ideas and input, while the final decision is retained by the manager. Individuals are typically communicated to about things that affect their work.
Laissez-faire Style – this style is a hands off approach where individuals have very little direction provided to them. In other words, they are able to make decisions and solve problems on their own.
(The Saylor Foundation)
What Creates a Healthy Organization? Team Integration
There are many things that contribute to a healthy organization and the integration of an effective team. The most important asset of any organization: Employees. If the employees are not happy, the environment will not be healthy, and the results will fall short. Management / Leadership must create, enact, and commit to creating this environment. The Saylor Foundation text outlines many areas an organization can make part of their organization, such as: Alternative work arrangements (flextime, compressed work weeks, job sharing, telecommuting, part time); Benefits; Compensation and benefits (wages and salary, piecework and commissions, bonuses, incentives, stock options, profit sharing); Family-friendly programs (dependent care, caring for yourself, unmarried without children, paid parental leave); Job enrichment, redesign, and rotation; and Work/Life quality.
One of the most important ways to create a healthy environment: Each employee must feel and see that they are of value, what they bring to the organization is acknowledged, and they are rewarded in different ways for their efforts of participation and excellence.
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