Module 1 Coursework - Understanding Leadership Essay

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Understanding Leadership Understanding Leadership Styles 1.1. Describe the factors that will influence the choice of leadership styles or behaviours in workplace situations. A common comparison of leadership and management is the quote from Peter Drucker ‘leadership is doing the right things, management is doing things right’. Leadership is a process of social influence in which one person can enlist the aid and support of others in the accomplishment of a common task. The key words here are ‘social influence’ and ‘enlist the aid’. These ideas link to the key characteristics of leadership, motivating, inspiring, focusing on people, and engendering trust. A leader also plans long term and copes with uncertainty and change. Management is the function that coordinates the efforts of people to accomplish goals and objectives using available resources efficiently and effectively. The key words here are ‘efficiently’ and ‘effectively’. Management is concerned with planning, organizing, controlling and administering. However in the current times leadership and management must go hand in hand, they are inextricably linked. With the emergence of the ‘knowledge worker’ people look to their mangers to not just assign jobs but to give a purpose and direction. Mangers need not to just organise workers but develop skills and motivate staff. There are a number of factors that can influence leadership styles. These include developmental levels as described in Hersey-Blanchard Situational Leadership Theory. This theory aligns 4 development level of team members with 4 leadership styles, as shown below, I have utilised this model when a new member of staff was appointed. They were new to the role and didn’t have the confidence or experience to take on the tasks on of upgrading a server, they were in the S1 quadrant. I used the directing style of leadership, or D1, to

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