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Leadership Skills and Organizational Culture

How do your organization's leaders influence your organization's culture? How does the leadership of your organization achieve organizational goals?

Can someone who is a leader not be a manager? Why or why not? Can someone who is a manager not be a leader? Why or why not?

What are some skills that leaders need to possess? How can managers develop leadership skills?

How has management changed due to the increased role of globalization? Would a good leader in one country automatically be a good leader in another country? What characteristics should a leader have to make them successful globally?

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How do your organizational leaders influence your organization's culture? How does the leadership of your organization achieve organizational goals?

How can a leader influence their organization's culture? There are five major ways leaders' can influence organizational culture. First, leaders let followers know what is important by what they pay attention to. Second, leaders influence culture through their response to crises. Third, leaders can solidify organizational values and culture by role modeling those things espoused as important. Fourth, leaders can influence organizational culture in how they allocate rewards. Finally, leaders influence organizational culture by how they promote or terminate individuals. There are other mechanisms for influencing organizational culture, but the items listed above are among the primary ways leaders can change organizational culture for better or worse (Yukl, 2006).

Leaders help the organization attain goals by motivating followers, embodying the global vision, and modeling appropriate behavior (Yukl, 2006). Leaders also achieve organizational goals by meaning management. Leaders help followers make sense of things happening within the work environment and help them recognize the importance of the work they do. Fairhurst and Sarr (1996) stress the importance of meaning management to align organizational members with company goals and visions. Tasler (2009) solidifies this argument when he claims that employees intuitively seek to find meaning or value in the work that they perform. Even when raises or other perks are not available to entice employees into committing to organizational goals, meaningful work that parallels employee values will improve overall performance. Workers need to know that the job they do is important, valuable, and makes life better for others (Tasler, 2009). This increases commitment to goal attainment and increases organizational performance.

Can someone who is a leader not be a manager? Why or why not?
Can someone who is a manager not be a leader? Why or why not?

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This solution discusses leadership in relation to organizational culture, achieving organizational goals, the difference between leaders and managers, skills needed for effective leadership, and globalization.

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