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Discuss leadership using the subtitles listed below:
-Your expectations of organizational leaders
-Your personal leadership style
-The relationship between leader behaviors and the culture in your organization
-Your decision-making style when leading individuals and when leading groups
-Your opinion about the appropriate use of power and influence in an organization

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Your expectations of organizational leaders
Some people believe that leadership is simply being the:
- First,
- Biggest or
- Most powerful.

Leadership in organizations has a different and more meaningful definition. Very simply put, a leader is interpreted as someone who sets direction in an effort and influences people to follow that direction. How they set that direction and influence people depends on a variety of factors.

Today many organizations have abandoned or are abandoning the traditional top-down, rigid and hierarchical structures to more "organic" and fluid forms.

Today's leaders must deal with continual, rapid changes. Leaders/managers faced with a major decision can no longer refer back to an earlier developed plan for direction. Management techniques must continually notice changes in the environment and organization, assess this change and manage change. Managing change does not mean controlling it, rather understanding it, adapting to it where necessary and guiding it when possible.

Leaders can't know it all or reference resources for every situation. Managers must count on and listen more to their employees. Consequently, new forms of organizations are becoming more common, e.g., worker-centered teams, self-organizing and self-designing teams, etc.

Leadership, typically involves an element of vision -- except in cases of involuntary leadership and often in cases of traditional leadership. A vision provides direction to the influence process. A leader (or group of leaders) can have one or more visions of the future to aid them to move a group successfully towards this goal. A vision, for effectiveness, should allegedly:
- appear as a simple, yet vibrant, image in the mind of the leader
- describe a future state, credible and preferable to the present state
- act as a bridge between the current state and a future optimum state
- appear ...

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