Leadership Models And Theories

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Leadership Models and Theories Joni Hale University of Phoenix Leadership Models and Theories "Your role as a leader is even more important than you might imagine. You have the power to help people become winners."(Blanchard, 2007, p. 13) Educational reform is in the minds of every politician running for office. Teachers, parents, and even students understand the issues that are plaguing our educational system. Legislators look at the instruction given by the teachers and how it may not be adequate for today’s youth. Although this is a point of concern, legislators should start from the top and work down. Today’s educational system is in need of better leadership. This requires research and understanding in some of today’s modern leadership methods. “Leadership is the process of influencing an organized group toward accomplishing its goals.”(Wren, 1995, p. 43) One type of leadership that has the ability to inspire and motivate change is transformational leadership. They bring change while improving the situation. They anticipate problems before they happen and are able to rectify the situation swiftly. Transformational leaders like the concept of working together. They foster the communication of leadership ideas to accomplish the shared vision. Transformational leaders are able to overcome personal challenges, are energetic, are usually physically fit, and possess job knowledge and cognitive ability. (Sosik & Cameron, 2010) Transformational leaders like to achieve team goals quickly and foster a sense of purpose to unite their followers. The visionary leader can see how things could be in the future. They do not focus on how good or bad things may be in the present. Visionary leaders are able to relate this future vision to the ones they lead. People tend to want to follow them to help make this future a reality. A visionary leader has
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