What Leaders Really Do?

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Q1: Define leadership

Leadership is a process by which a person influences others to accomplish an objective and directs the organization in a way that makes it more consistent and solid.


-Autocratic Leadership: A task-oriented leader who retains most of authority for himself or herself.

-Participative Leadership: A leader who shares decision making with group members

-Free-rein Leadership: A leader who turns over virtually all authority and control to the group.

- Different between a manager and leader

Leaders Setting the direction of the change is fundamental to leadership. Influence people to do things and control resources through the use of power and authority.

Manager is responsible for planning and directing the work of a group of individuals, monitoring their work, and taking corrective action when necessary. I t is more important for the manager to know how to manage the workers than to know how to do their work well.

Q2: What is the most important role of a leader in an organization?

Focus on the present and the future and to create a vision and direction

Build a bridge among groups, scanning, monitoring, and interpreting events, Motivating people

Develop appraisal skills and use intuition to take calculated risks

Manage their symbols to formulate an image and plan a strategy

Q3: Challenges of a new leader implement change in a mature organization

Setting New direction and strategies. Situation analysis, foresight and insight of what should be changed.

Align people is more of a communication problem than a design problem.

Old management system

Shadow of primary leader and leadership

Fixed culture and value

Employee's activities inertia, loyalty


Q4: Is your boss a leader or a manager?

My boss is a good leader as well as a good manager.

Manage to perform what as a...