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LEADERSHIP - Types of Change, Burnout, etc.

1. Pick a famous leader from the past 150 years that can also be described as a teacher. Which of the five types of teacher/leaders presented in the text do you think best describe this person's style (shaman, priest, elected leader, missionary, or mystic healer)? Provide examples to support your decision.

2. Manning and Curtis list four major types of change that affect the workplace: Structure, Tasks, Technology, and People. Research and describe an example of each type of change and explain, as a leader, what actions you would take to make each transition easier for employees to cope with.

a. Structure
b. Tasks
c. Technology
d. People

3. How can you recognize if an employee is experiencing burnout, and what are some steps you can take to help that person recover? Next, describe a program you would consider implementing into the workplace to prevent future burnout.

4. In "The One Minute Manager," Blanchard and Johnson describe three secrets to leadership success: one-minute goal setting, one-minute praising, and one-minute reprimand. Explain each in your own words and describe how you would incorporate them into your leadership style.

a. One-minute goal setting
b. One-minute praising
c. One-minute reprimand

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1. For the purpose of this assignment, I will select the great Indian leader Mahatma Gandhi, who is known worldwide for his contribution towards India's independence from the British. Gandhi led the independence war against the British and successfully obtained victory against them by following his principles of Satyagraha or non-violence, which inspired many leaders across the world such as Nelson Mandela to follow his footsteps. Mahatma Gandhi is considered one of the greatest spiritual and political leaders as well as a teacher who transformed widespread social injustice, oppression by his satyagraha movement. Even though Gandhi was an elected leader of the masses, I think his style can be termed as Missionary because he wanted to achieve reforms via his strong beliefs in non-violence, which he ultimately proved as well. He had a strong mission to bring freedom to India and he reformed the fight for independence by strongly transforming the direction of the movement towards non-violence and Satyagraha, which forced the British to move out of the country. Mahatma Gandhi can also be seen as a mystic healer because he inspired people to develop strong confidence within themselves via non-violence. He empowered citizens of India with the belief that non-violence is their greatest strength. The several movements that happened in India during the war against the British were due to the efforts and inspiration of Mahatma Gandhi. He peacefully led the independence struggle without use of arms and ammunition against the British revolutionizing and reforming the movement with his strong beliefs.


2. Structure: Changes in organizational structure, such as move towards a more lean organizational structure or lean management to enhance efficiency will create problems as employees who are used to the traditional, bureaucratic form of management with multiple layers of hierarchy will not feel comfortable working in this new structure. ...

Solution Summary

Discusses types of change, employee burnout, secrets of leadership success.