Explore BrainMass
Share

Explore BrainMass

    Leadership Skills

    Leaders play an extremely important role in managing the complexity, competitiveness and the amount of change in the business environment today. For example, leaders espouse values, beliefs and priorities, and model what assumptions and behaviours are appropriate in the work environment. In this way, they help “make sense” of events, and help employees commit to an organization's vision, feel that their work is meaningful, and drive organizational effectiveness.1 As a result, it is increasingly important that business managers today have some leadership skills.

    Curriculum that includes leadership and other soft skills has become ubiquitous in business schools. This curriculum comes from ongoing research that focuses on identifying the behavioural traits or leadership styles that make a person a good leader. As well, this research attempts to identify what differentiates an effective leader from an ineffective one.2 

    Research shows that people with different skills, emotional intelligence, and values, beliefs and priorities often have different leadership styles. These different leadership styles can be more or less effective depending on the work environment. Popular theories about leadership styles include Kurt Lewin's three leadership styles (authoritarian/autocratic, participatory/democratic, and laissez-faire/delegative), Robert Blake and Jane Mouton's managerial grid model, the Tanennbaum-Schmidt continuum, Max Weber's charismatic and transactional leadership styles, and MacGregor's Theory X and Theory Y.

     

     

    References:

    1. Yukl, G. (2006). Leadership in organizations. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Prentice Hall.
    2. Jago, A. (1982). Leadership: Perspectives in Theory and Research. Management Science, 28(3), 315-336.  

    © BrainMass Inc. brainmass.com September 19, 2019, 12:51 pm ad1c9bdddf

    New Paradigm in Systems Thinking

    Create a new paradigm of systems thinking based on your evolving views of the ideal future and how one should think about improving organizations. Provide an example of this new paradigm in action for an existing organization with which you are familiar. Consider your views on something new based on your current understanding

    Leadership Behavior: Executive Team and Board of Directors

    Approach this question from the perspective of the executive leadership but include the interaction between the executive team and the board of directors. Develop an analysis of the characteristics and team composition of leadership groups that might predispose these groups to deviate from standards of behavior either ethica

    Identify One Key Element of a Leader

    Key elements include honesty, delegation, communication, confidence, commitment, creativity, and last but not least, concern for followers. Identify one key element and explain why you think this is the most important ingredient of leadership for the future.

    How can a leader adapt to changing environment

    Identify the top two areas that you believe need the most leadership development attention in an organization or environment. Summarize these needs and propose solutions for these conditions.

    Purposes of a balanced scorecard

    What is the purpose of a balanced scorecard? How is the balanced scorecard used to lead and manage an organization? How can the balanced scorecard be linked to organizational effectiveness as well as individual performance evaluation?

    Direct Marketing

    Discuss your thoughts and ideas about the newer trend of pharmaceutical and medical supply companies marketing directly to the consumer (e.g., ads about new medications, billboards for new hip and knee implants, etc.). What do you see as the pros and cons?

    Remote Work

    Ideas for a literature review are embedded in terms of offering common topics to compare and contrast, as well as some of these guided questions: •What is already known about the research topic you are interested in? •What is not known about your topic; where is there a gap in the literature? •What further research migh

    VP of Strategy's Responsibility: Maga Corporation

    Maga Corporation has appointed you as VP of strategy. Choose two of the leadership challenges that are presented by Gaur. Develop, and support with evidence and sound reasoning, a plan to overcome these challenges that you will present to the board of directors.

    21st century global leadership

    Provide a 10-step plan for leadership success in the global organization of the 21st century. Give details of theory and concepts and include specific examples.

    The Power of Reflection. Humble Inquiry, Schein (2013)

    In the final chapter of Humble Inquiry, Schein (2013) discusses the power of reflection, also referred to as metacognition. He recounts an example from his personal life when he was reminded to be more mindful. • Share an experience you have had with the concept of mindfulness, metacognition, and/or reflection. • What va

    Edgar Schein: "Talking to the Campfire"

    In the Edgar Schein on Helping: How to Offer, Give, and Receive Help (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_VPl3sdNmGU) (Schein, 2011), Schein recommends a technique he calls "talking to the campfire" in order to diffuse group situations and encourage everyone to contribute to solving issues. • What do you think about this techni

    Project Resources; Different Requirements

    As a PM is organizing a project and its resources, many considerations need to be explored. Can you discuss on how they may differ based on the project and its objectives?

    Performance Management: Recent Article

    Request assistance with the following assignment: Find a recent  (within the last 12 months, 2017) article, webinar or blog on performance management. Compare and contrast performance management within a specific organization to the information in the article, webinar or blog.

    Multicultural Workplace

    How do you think individuals' preconceived notions, prejudices, and their own interpretations of other cultures impact the workplace? How might you employ the psychodynamic approach to help the employees get along with each other and work better together?

    Overview: Adaptive Leadership

    What are the strengths and weakness of adaptive leadership? What particular challenges might an adaptive leader encounter in encouraging his or her followers to solve his or her own problems and challenges?

    Authentic Leadership via Michelle Obama

    This solution offers a model individual that exhibits authentic leadership. It further provides basic examples that support how this person exhibits authentic leadership. Lastly, the solution helps to summarize the role of authentic leadership in creating trust and followership and how improve organizations.

    Servant Leadership and Multiculturalism

    Christian servant leaders profess to serve those whom they lead through love and the moral obligation to promote the greater good of others. What leadership behaviors would you expect from a Christian servant leader and how might those behaviors differ from someone who is not a servant leader. Also, although servant leadership i