Friday, January 28, 2005

Effective Leadership

I've been thinking a lot about leadership lately and how it can have both positive and negative effects on an organization. While searching the web for viewpoints I found this page titled Effective Leadership that I think does a good job of summarizing some key points.

Leadership Defined

"Leadership is influencing people to get things done to a standard and quality above their norm. And doing it willingly."

As an element in social interaction, leadership is a complex activity involving:

1. a process of influence

2. actors who are both leaders and followers

3. a range of possible outcomes - the achievement of goals, but also the commitment of individuals to such goals, the enhancement of group cohesion and the reinforcement of change of organizational culture.

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