Leader Essay

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Introduction Definition: “The only definition of a leader is someone who has followers” peter Drucker “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader” According to Stephen Robbins leadership “is the ability to influence a group towards the achievement of goals”. According to Paul Hersey and Kenneth Blanchard, leadership “is a process of influencing group activities towards accomplishment of goals in a given situation”. Besides influence, leadership has been defined in terms of group process, personality, compliances, particular behaviors, persuasion, goal achievement, interaction, role differentiations and combination of two or more. “leadership is a function of knowing yourself, having a vision that is well communicated, building trust among colleagues, and taking effective action to realize your own leadership potential” Warren Bennis Nature of leadership: * The ability to influence people toward the attainment of organizational goal * Leadership is reciprocal, occurring among people * Leadership is a “people” activity, distinct from administrative paper shuffling or problem-solving activities. * Leadership is dynamic and involves the use of power. Some real organizational leaders: The most successful business icons has been heroic CEO’s who sit astride the giant corporations-the huge system and steers it brilliantly along. * Michel Eisner at Disney * Jack Welch at GE * Bill Gates at Microsoft * John Reed at Citicorp Indian business leaders: * Dhirubhai Ambani with Mukesh and Anil Ambani * JRD TaTa with Ratan Tata * The Birla Group * N.R. Narayana Murthy: leader of Infosys Murthy—5 elements of success * Openness to learn: Openness to subordinate your ego to take ideas from others * Meritocracy: The best ideas are adopted and implemented

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