Leadership Styles Essay

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Leadership Development - Case Studies Sales Engineering Division Does John Terrill’s leadership style fit the definition of leadership in Exhibit 1.1? Explain. “Leadership is an influence relationship among leaders and followers who intend real changes and outcomes that reflect their shared purposes” (Daft, 2008, p.5). Key elements of this definition are influence, intention, personal responsibility and integrity, change, shared purpose, and followers. “Leadership involves influence, it occurs among people, those people intentionally desire significant changes, and the changes reflect purposes shared by leaders and followers” (Daft, 2008, p.5). This is reflective of John Terrill’s leadership style. John Terrill demonstrates that leadership is reciprocal. He came into the organization with the directive to make a change, and he too was not willing to maintain the status quo. In order to elicit the desired change he went to the engineers with true concern for their personal welfare. After listening to their challenges, he created a clear sense of purpose that both the leader and follower wanted. The goal was to reduce the administrative paperwork that was consuming the engineers time, the engineers saw this as a time waster, as did John Terrill. As their leader, he took personal responsibility to influence executive management of the inefficiencies of all the extra paperwork. Terrill demonstrated “an important aspect of leadership…influencing others to come together around a common vision” (Daft, 2008, p. 6). With respect to Exhibit 1.4, in what leadership era is Terrill? In what era is head-quarters? Terrill falls into era 3 of leadership, team leadership. This era is defined as being influence grounded. Terrill utilized this approach in his attempt to change organizational processes and in turn the culture. Terrill’s statement, “My job is to stay out of

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