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Influence processes and types/factors

Part A
Influence Processes
Can you start me off with about 6 pages and I can finish it?
You have been encouraged by a colleague to write a brief article about "CEOs and presidents" for a management journal. You have decided to compare the leadership styles of three leaders: Andrea Jung, Indra Nooyi, and Brenda Barnes. Using the Library, the Internet, submit a 12-14 page paper. In your article, provide the following:
1. An introduction to the concept of influence processes
2. A summary of the various types of influence processes and the factors that can affect them
3. An analysis of the processes used by the three leaders: Andrea Jung, Indra Nooyi, and Brenda Barnes. Identify the processes that the leaders and top management team (TMT) are using to impact the organization. Use the table below to organize your answers (you can copy the table from this browser window and paste it into your Word document). Please enter into each cell in the table how that leader is using that particular influence method (if applicable).
Influence Method Andrea Jung Indra Nooyi Brenda Barnes
Direct decisions
Allocation of resources
Reward system
Selection and promotion of other leaders
Role modeling
(Table also on attachment)

Part B
Recent theoretical developments in leadership paradigms seem more inclined to frame leadership concepts within the context of moral philosophy, interpersonal growth and spiritual values, topics discussed in business leadership models. Some examples include transformational leadership (Burns, 1978; Bass, 1990), Servant-Leadership (Greenleaf Center, 2002), Relational Leadership (Brower, Schoorman, & Hwee, 2000) and spiritual leadership (Mitroff & Denton, 1999), and Transactional Leadership (Nahavandi, 2006).
Conduct a preliminary search of these models, and select one that resonates best with your own leadership style and one that does not resonate to your own leadership style. Using the business article collections and other credible sources, respond to the following questions regarding the model you have selected:
1. Select two and compare and contrast these two models. Discuss how these selected leadership models impact leader follower-relationships and organizational culture.
2. How is your own leadership style similar to the selected leadership model?


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Part A

Every leader is an influential leader; a person cannot be a leader if he cannot influence or able to change the behavior of surrounding people. In the following section, emphasis was laid to explain the influence process and how leaders uses them to pursue their motives and goals with the application of different leadership practices.

Influencing process is an important part of leadership programmes where a mass of people gets inspired, influenced and motivated with the help of motivation speech including various guiding principles, inspirational stories so that all can be used for a common purpose. In the simple language of management, influence can be defined as the attempt by an individual to change the behavior of the people in the vicinity around him. These people in the vicinity of the individual may be peers, family members and superiors or employees working in the organization (Kippenberger, 2002). The main reason behind the influence can be anything; it can be of selfish reasons, might be good or bad objectives, sometimes used for attaining organizational goals or enhancing the performance of the organization.

There are various generic influence tactics which are generally used by different managers. These tactics are consultation, rational persuasion, and inspirational appeals, in ingratiating tactics, coalition tactics, upward appeals and exchange tactics. In this way, leadership can be termed as process of inspiring, influencing and guiding others to participate in a common purpose. Basically there are two types of leadership practices: 1) Formal leadership practices and 2) Informal leadership practices.

Formal leadership practices are generally used in the structured organization to pursue organizational goals. While informal leadership practices are general practices which are practiced to pursue unofficial objectives, they may or may not play a significant role in serving organizational purposes (Kippenberger, 2002).

In the above section, efforts were made to explain influencing processes generally used by the leaders and what are the different tactics applied by an influential leader to motivate the masses. In the below discussed section light is shed on the different types of influential processes and what are basic qualities must be possessed by a good leader.

Leadership and influencing are closely interrelated because leadership needs power and those who have the power they can easily influence others. This power can be of any type whether it is power of money, power of speech, power of some skill. One can be a good leader, only with power. Majority of the political leaders have the power of speech. They influence and motivate the large number of people from their speech, and they are ready to die even on their voice. Hence, managers in business organization should focus on increasing their sources of power so that they can influence more and more people. Following are the types of influencing processes which great leaders generally possess (Bonnici, 2011).

Charisma: It is the inherent power that a leader possesses. The other people in the vicinity are influenced by the leader's unique and different personality and ambitious visionary approach. The main source of influential style is the charismatic communication with the employees through powerful speeches. Charismatic leaders make their communication more effective with eye contacts.

Legitimacy: It is the another way to influence others when leaders pursue their objectives with polite requests, but legitimacy only work when leader is in powerful condition because people only accept the request of powerful persons. Polite requests are very much effective if they are made with respect and humility instead of arrogance (Bonnici, 2011).

Rewards: Sometimes managers give effective rewards to the ...

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