Psy/531 Week 1 Leadership In Organizations

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Week One Leadership in Organizations Shavonne Herriot June 5, 2012 Barry Foster PhD “Leadership has been described as a process of social influence in which one person can enlist the aid and support of others in the accomplishment of a common task” ("Leadership ", 2012). There are many different conceptions of leadership. Attempts have been made to organize leadership according to major approaches. One such approach is the Behavioral Approach to studying Leadership. This approach started in the early 1950s when researchers began to pay closer attention to what managers really do at their jobs. “Behavioral theories of leadership are based upon the belief that great leaders are made not born.” ("Leadership Theories - 8 Major Leadership…show more content…
Whenever someone is promoted to a higher position within our organization, they want the new employee to be well trained for their new position. They are placed with a mentor who has been in the position for a while and is lead by them until they are comfortable doing the job on their own. Through this mentorship the new employee is learning the ropes from their mentor or leader so to speak. Another form of behavioral leadership that I see at my current place of employment comes up when there are projects to be completed. There is always one person who in a way takes the lead on the project at hand. They guide the group in the right direction and usually answer any pending questions or concerns that they many have. This is great practice for future leaders and comes in handy when they are working on bigger projects or are taking on bigger career roles. In conclusion behavioral leadership is a process that is learned and not just instilled in us from the beginning. They are the actions that are done every on the job to influence a managers employees. Like the other approaches it does have its strengths and weaknesses. Examples of behavioral leadership can be seen in your everyday life whether it’s at work in your department or while working different projects. They are traits that once are learned can be used in multiple aspects of your

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